Retirement date


Q: I am a CSRS employee who plans to retire on or about Jan. 3, 2013. Is this a safe date to maximize my annual leave accruals and still be paid for the January retirement payment?

A: Yes, because the 2012 leave year ends on January 12, 2013. And, because you are a CSRS employee, you can retire up to the third day of a month and be on the annuity roll in that month. Note: Your first month’s annuity will be reduced by 1/30 for every day you are still on the rolls as an employee.


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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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