Q. If you have met time in service and age requirements to retire under FERS special retirement but have not yet reached your mandatory retirement age and become too disabled to work, how is your retirement calculated? If it is considered a disability retirement, are you still eligible to collect the Social Security supplement since you met the requirements for a regular retirement? If it is considered a regular retirement, can you collect Social Security disability without the wash?
A. If you take regular retirement, you’ll receive the special retirement supplement. If you are approved for disability retirement, you won’t. If you take regular retirement and then are approved for Social Security disability benefits, the special retirement supplement will end.