VERA and special retirement supplement


Q. I am a FERS employee with a service computation date of March 30, 1986, and a retirement SCD of Feb. 4, 1982 (I had 4+ years of active duty, for which I made a military deposit.)

My birthday is Feb. 15, 1959, so I will be 55 in February 2014 and 56 in February 2015.

If I were to receive and accept a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority offer in 2014, would I still receive the special retirement supplement until I turn 62?  If so, would it start immediately when I retired, or would I need to wait until I turned 56?

A. If you accept a VERA, you would only be eligible for the special retirement supplement when you reach your minimum retirement age, which is 56.


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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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