Re-employment after retirement


Q. I retired, I believe, under the MRA + 10 program, at the end of my member’s term. I have a total of 13 + years with the House of Representatives. I get a small annuity. I may have an opportunity to return to full-time service with the Department of Homeland Security. How will that affect my retirement? I assume the annuity would go away but am not sure how the health care would be handled. And I have been retired almost five years now. Will this new position accrue along with my previous 13 (since they were with the House and not GS)?

A. Your annuity wouldn’t go away. Instead, the salary of your new position would be offset by the amount of your annuity. If you left after one to four years of re-employment, you’d be entitled to a supplemental annuity; with five or more years, a redetermined 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

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