Buyout for temporary employee?


Q. I am 58 with 20 years of service. In January of this year, I transferred from a permanent employee to temporary. I was told at first that I was eligible for the early retirement/buyout program. Later, I was told I was not because I am now a temporary employee. This doesn’t seem right. I’ve put in my time. I have the age. I’d like to know if perhaps I really am eligible for the early retirement and buyout.

A. No, you aren’t eligible. Because you are in a temporary position, you fail the first criterion to receive a voluntary separation incentive, which is that you must be serving in an appointment without time limit.


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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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