Retirement eligibility


Q. I have a service computation date of March 1987. I would like to retire within the year. I am 54 years old (June 1959 birth date). Will I be able to retire before the minimum retirement age of 56 and receive my monthly annuity payment as a FERS employee? How do I do that? Is there a way to change my MRA?

A. No, you can’t retire before you reach your MRA, which is fixed by law.


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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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