Fit for duty


Q: I have worked in government since April 15, 1991, and in December of that year had an on-the-job accident. I have endured four surgeries since then and the doctors want me to have a fifth. It’s now up to OWCP on the direction to go. I have been on light duty for more than a year, and my employers want to resolve this, including getting me to volunteer to retire, medical retire or even do a fit for duty. I have four more years before I am 57,and I prefer to stick it out, but if I choose to retire, what are my options?

A: Because of your age and service, you would only be eligible for involuntary retirement if your agency separated you, or disability retirement if OPM found you qualified for it.


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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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