Retirement date


Q. I’m confused regarding retirement date versus date of final separation Block 2, Section B of SF-3107 FERS Retirement Application. I’m more confused after having read all there was to read on this subject. My official retirement date will be Dec. 31, 2011; what date do I put in Block 2 so that I don’t endup actually retiring on Jan.1, 2012.

A. You are making hard work out of this. Put Dec. 31, 2011, on your application and you will be retired at the end of business on that day. In fact, if you had completed a pay period at the end of business on Friday, Dec. 30. In either case, you’d be on the annuity roll on Jan. 1, 2012.

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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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