Federal firefighter


Q. I am a federal firefighter (GS-10-00) with 27 years of service plus four years active-duty military (bought back). I will be 52 years old this year (2014). If I retire, when will the earned income rule begin to apply to me? At age 57 to age 62?

Also, 2014 marks the year that FERS employees can begin receiving credit for unused sick leave toward retirement. I have gotten preliminary estimate of retirement but they calculated over 1,000 hours less than what I have. Is the sick leave supposed to be creditable for full 100 percent, or is it less?

A. The earnings limit will apply when you reach your minimum retirement age, which is 56. If you retire on or after Jan. 1, 2014. you’ll receive credit for all of your unused sick leave in the computation of your annuity.


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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.

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