Deferred VSIP


Q. I retired under CSRS at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, on Aug. 31 and I deferred my Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment to 2013. The first installed payment is supposed to be six months after retirement. I have not received any notification that a payment will be made. Do I contact the Office of Personnel Management, or does this payment come from another agency?

A. OPM has nothing to do with it. You’ll have to contact your former agency.


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  1. I’m CSRS-Offset with roughly 19 years of service and 61.5 years old. I had a lot of years paying social security in private industry. We’re having a VERA/VSIP event at my agency (FDIC). The VSIP is pretty good-half of annual pay. You have to leave by June of this year (2020). The problem I have is I am not eligible to retire till my 62nd birthday at the end of the year. so I am about six months shy.

    If I accepted the VSIP buyout and resigned and deferred my annuity till the end of the year would health insurance be terminated? Can’t go without health insurance.

    • Yes, your FEHB coverage would be terminated after 31 days. While you would be eligible at your own expense to continue that coverage for up to 18 months under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage provision, when that ended, you’d be on your own.

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