Special retirement supplement reduction


Q. I am a 59-year-old who retired from the federal government in 2011 after 25 years of service. I entered on duty at age 32 and retired under FERS Special.

I received a notice from the Office of Personnel Management that my supplemental annuity will now be decreased since I earned more than $14,500 last year. Someone told me that this shouldn’t be reduced since I’m not yet age 62. Which is correct?

A. Whoever told you that was mistaken. The special retirement supplement is treated the same as a Social Security benefit. Both are subject to the annual Social Security earnings limit.


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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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