Medical retirement


Q. I am a federal employee (25 years) under FERS. Can my employer (deputy of our division) send me an email, requesting that I consider medical retirement due to my heart condition? It goes without saying that I have days that I need to telework (he doesn’t like that), and/or be on leave due my illness.

A. I’m not aware of any bar to his doing that. However, it would have been more considerate for him to have sat down with you and talked about it.


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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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