Disability time and annuity


Q. In 1999, I was forced to go on disability retirement by the Postal Service after 13 years of being under the Federal Employees Retirement System. In 2006, I was deemed to be back to full earning capacity by a few hundred dollars. In 2007, I finally obtained another federal position, which I have been in ever since.

What happens to those 7 years I was under disability retirement? I know if I had stayed under disability retirement when I reached age 60 or 62 (I forgot which age it was), all my time including the years on disability retirement would have been counted for the final annuity amount.

A. The time you were on disability retirement cannot be included when determining your total years of federal service.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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