Changing mind on retirement


Q. I recently retired and was told that I had 30 days to change my mind. I took an early-out Jan. 31. Is that true?

A. You can return to work before your annuity is finalized but only if your agency agrees to take you back. It doesn’t have to do that. And it can’t do that if your position has been eliminated or someone else has already filled (or has accepted an offer to fill) your position.


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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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