Resignation and FERS benefits


Q. My son David is a federal employee under FERS who recently suffered severe mental health problems.

1. If David resigns his federal position, will he be eligible to apply for a medical disability retirement after the date of submitting his resignation?

2. Is there any waiver(s) for the requirement of applying for Social Security Insurance prior to submitting an application for a medical retirement?

A. 1. Yes, he can file for disability retirement after he resigns. However, it would be better if he began the application process before that, because his agency has a role to fulfill which would be harder to do after he left.

2. No, the Office of Personnel Management won’t review his application for disability retirement unless he has filed for Social Security disability benefits.


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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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