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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.


  1. I believe you are wrong about this the statement “Annuitants aren’t eligible for reinstatement.” The federal Personnel Handbook states. “retirees who obtained federal reinstatement eligibility before they retired do not lose it because they retire.” If you don’t lose your eligibility when you retire, why wouldn’t you be eligible for reinstatement?

    • While a former employee who didn’t meet the age and service requirements for an immediate, unreduced annuity – for example, through a VERA – can be reinstated, at which point it would be as if he had never retired. However, any employee who retired on an immediate, unreduced annuity could be rehired; however, he would be an “at will” employee for whom the rules are different. For example, he could be separated at any time without an appeal right.

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