Law enforcement and SRS eligibility


Q. I am eligible for a 30-year retirement in July at age 50. If I do not get another job, I am eligible for a special retirement supplement due to the mandatory early retirement that federal law officers must take.

If I don’t work for, say, six months and then get a job in the private sector and work two years, or if I get a job immediately upon retirement and only work a couple of years, will I still be eligible for the supplement after leaving the private sector?

A. You can earn as much as you want and receive the special retirement supplement without reduction until you reach your minimum retirement age, which is 56. After that, your SRS would be reduced by $1 for every $2 you receive over the Social Security earnings limit, which is $15,480. The SRS ends at age 62. So if your earnings were to fall below the limit during a calendar year that preceded age 62, the SRS would be restored in whole or part.


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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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