Social Security disability and annuity calculation


Q. I retired in December 2011 from the Bureau of Prisons, after almost 22 years. I did the normal retirement as a law enforcement officer. I am planning to apply for Social Security disability. If I get approved for SSDI, could the award affect my annuity in any way?

A. Being approved for SSDI wouldn’t affect your FERS annuity. However, it would affect any Social Security benefit you were entitled to. For more information on the interaction between the two benefits, call 1-800-772-1213 and talk to a Social Security benefits specialist.


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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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