Monthly Archives: May, 2011

Early out

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Q: I am a CSRS employee with 29 years, one month of service to date. I took the survey asking if I would consider early retirement and, if so, when. I said I would and would like to leave in December. I would be four months short of my 30 years. I have more than 600 hours of sick leave as well. What would happen to my sick leave? A: After you met the criteria to retire, your unused hours of sick leave would be combined with any hours of actual service time that don’t add up to a full…

Retirement annuity

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Q: When someone re-deposits money withdrawn from the retirement fund, is the interest they paid included in computing their annuity? If it is not, does that money go into some kind of general account? A: No, the interest paid is not included in the annuity computation. It goes into the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund and replaces the interest lost when the refund was made.

Buyouts

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Q: If someone accepts a buyout, can they come back and work as a part-time contract employee? A: According to OPM, “An employee who receives a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment and later accepts employment for compensation with the Government of the United States within five years of the date of the separation on which the VSIP is based, including work under a personal services contract or other direct contract, must repay the entire amount of the VSIP to the agency that paid it — before the individual’s first day of re-employment.” You’d need to check with your agency to learn…

Disability retirement

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Q: Based on a medical condition, I am a disabled employee trying a new treatment but if it is not successful, my doctor recommends disability retirement (SSA and CSRS offset). If I do leave in a couple of months, I am planning on using my accrued annual and sick leave from approximately July 29 to approximately September 30. Note: My 36 months of continuous service is from 9/14/2008 (a Sunday) to 9/14/2011 (a Wednesday). I am a reinstated employee who separated in 1987. I understand that there are terminal leave provisions for the last pay period prior to retirement. Do you know if this…

Time with postal service

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Q: Who do I contact to find out how long I worked for the postal service? A: Since you aren’t currently a federal employee and can’t go to your personnel office and retrieve that information from your Official Personnel Folder (OPF), you’ll have to request that information from the National Personnel Records Center. Here’s their instructions: Federal law [5 USC 552a(b)] requires that all requests for records and information be submitted in writing. Each request must be signed (in cursive) and dated (within the last year). Please identify the documents or information needed and explain the purpose of your request.…

Supplement eligibility

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Q: My wife just retired with 21 years and five months of government service at age 60. Her first two years and 10 months she was a WG employee at the Navy Exchange. She then became a DOD employee (with no break in service) and was told all of her WG time transferred to the GS position. Her service commencement date has always included her time as a WG employee. OPM has told her she is not eligible for the Social Security supplement because her time as a WG does not count, and she only has 18 years and 7…

Military service and retirement

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Q: I retired from the Air Force in 1998 then joined the Air Force Reserve in 2002. In 2003, I became an Air Reserve technican. Can I buy my military time back to include in my civil service total time? When I turn 60, I will convert my active-duty retirement to reserve retirement. A: Yes, you can make a deposit to get credit for your active-duty service. If you do, that time will be added to your actual civilian service and used in the computation of your civilian annuity, but only after you have at least five years of civilian…

Buyback refund

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Q: I am getting ready to retire with 42 years of creditable service at age 64. At age 62, I did not have enough quarters to qualify for Social Security benefits other than medical. However, I did pay the military buyback prior to age 62. Since Social Security benefits other than medical will not be paid due to not having sufficient quarters at age 62, is the retiree entitled to a refund of any kind for the money for the military buyback? If so, is it the amount that was paid into the buyback? A: Just to make sure that…

Re-employment question

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Q: I recently retired from the postal service under CSRS. Would it be possible for me to be employed as a rural route carrier? A: Yes. However, your salary would be offset by the amount of your annuity.

Which plan am I in?

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Q: I need to know if I am under FERS or CSRS. My service computation date is June 1983. However, I started working in the federal government in 1980 during the summers and the holidays as a college student. Please let me know which retirement plan that I am in. A: Because you had fewer than five years of creditable service before January 1, 1987, you should be in FERS. While it’s unlikely that your earlier employment during summers and holidays would change that, you’ll need to work with your personnel office to determine the nature of those appointments and…

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