Disability retirement


Q. I am a retired FERS employee — 59 years old, with 25 years of federal service. I retired two years ago under VERA VSIP. My employer (Defense Department) was reducing the workforce due to budget cuts and abolished my job.

I paid into Social Security for 42 years. I have some health issues and am considering applying for Social Security disability. My question is: Will Social Security disability retirement affect my FERS annuity?

A. If you were approved for SSDI, it would have no affect on your non-disability FERS 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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  1. Kevin Spruill on

    I am 57 years and 7 months old I have 30 years in the post office, (FERS) I was Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in January if I retire and file for SSDI will it affect my FERS annuity.
    or can I file for disability FERS annuity and SSDI.

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