Re-employment after disability retirement


Q. I am on a disability retirement after 32 years of CSRS service with the Postal Service. I am 59 and have been retired for about nine years. Can I take a job at a state prison working part time in the mail room without jeopardizing my disability retirement?

A. There are only two ways you could jeopardize your disability retirement: if the Office of Personnel Management determines that you have recovered from your disability before age 60, or if your earnings from wages or self-employment exceed 80 percent of the current salary for your former position.


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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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