Retirement date


Q. I work compressed schedules, 12-hour shifts. If I have already completed my 80-hour requirement by mid-pay period, can I out-process early and still make my retirement effective at the end of the pay period, which is Saturday at midnight for shift workers?

A. Your retirement date is the last day you are on the employment rolls. It’s the day you separate from the service. If you want, you can retire when you have completed your final 80 hours of duty or you can wait until the end of the pay period. Whether you can complete the process before the end of the pay period and have the effective date be at the end of the pay period is up to your agency.


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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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