Second-guessing retirement


Q. I retired about a month and a half ago and haven’t even received my first annuity check yet. Can I cancel my retirement and go back to my old job?

A. While you can withdraw your retirement application up to the point that it is finally adjudicated, your agency isn’t required to rehire you if you do that. Before you take a step you might live to regret, give your former employer a call and see if he or she is willing and able to take you back.


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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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