Social Security supplement back pay


Q. I am an air traffic controller and will be retiring at the end of May at age 51 with 22 years of service. I’m being told the Social Security supplement portion of my retirement will come six to eight months after I leave, and it will not be retroactive. This doesn’t seem accurate as this is a integral part of my three-tier pension system. Am I getting correct information?

A. Whoever told you that was mistaken. When you begin receiving your full annuity payment, you’ll be sent a catch-up payment for the money you didn’t get because you were receiving interim payments and the full amount of the special retirement supplement you didn’t receive while your case was being finalized.


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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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