Q. I am 46 years old with 22 years in a 6(c) covered position. My agency removed me for failing to maintain my TS clearance (not for cause), which I continue to appeal via Merit Systems Protection Board. If I fail to be reinstated, can I work in the private sector and wait until age 50 to apply/receive my FERS special retirement? If no, can I resume federal employment and at age 50 apply/receive my FERS special retirement? Where can I find these guidelines? Is it an agency head approval situation?
A. If you don’t return to government service, you would be eligible for the enhanced retirement benefit when you reach your minimum retirement age, which is 56 and six months. If you return to government service, you could retire with that benefit when you reach age 50.