Re-employment after mandatory retirement age


Q. I was required to retire from a federal law enforcement position in 2011 after 22 years (GS-13, step 10) due to reaching the maximum age. I may have an opportunity to work with another agency in a permanent position at the GS-12 level. What are the ramifications on my retirement and health benefits? Also, what if this were a re-employed annuitant position?

A. If you returned to work for the government, you would be a re-employed annuitant. As a rule, the salary of your new position would be offset by the amount of your annuity. If you worked for one year full time, you would be entitled to a supplemental annuity; if you worked for five years full time, you would be entitled to a redetermined annuity.

If you were hired into one of those rare positions where you could receive both your annuity and the salary of your new position, when you left, you wouldn’t be entitled to any additional retirement benefit.

If you were eligible to carry your health benefits into retirement, you could continue that coverage regardless of how you were re-employed.


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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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