Q. I am a 50-year-old FERS Postal Service employee with 25 years in. If my processing plant closes, am I offered a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority at that point? Can I retire instead of relocating?
A. Whether or not a VERA is offered, if you receive a reduction-if-force notice, you could retire on an immediate annuity. That’s because an employee with 25 years of service who is facing involuntary separation can retire at any age.