Disability retirement and re-employment


Q. My brother retired under FERS disability because he was in need of a kidney and liver transplant. He has since received both organs and is now able to work again. Can he return to work for the federal government again? If so, what benefits will he have to give up?

A. He can certainly apply for a job with the federal government, and may wish to start by calling his former agency. If he’s hired and will be earning over 80 percent of the current pay for the job he left, his annuity will be suspended and he’ll earn the salary of his new position.

The premiums for any health and life insurance he was carrying while on disability retirement would then be taken from his pay instead of his annuity. Any sick leave he had to his credit when he retired on disability would be recredited to him. And his annual leave accrual rate and entitlement to a future annuity would be based on the service he had before he left government.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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