Social Security benefit


Q. I retired as a 1811 (DEA Special Agent) at age 50. At what age do I receive my SSN benefit versus the stipend I am receiving, and what is the amount I will receive based on. I have 28 years of federal service.

A. Since there aren’t any stipends in the federal benefits program, I assume you are asking when the special retirement supplement ends and your Social Security benefit begins. Here’s the answer: The special retirement supplement ends at age 62 when you are first eligible for a Social Security benefit. The amount of Social Security benefit you will receive is based on your total Social Security-covered work history. For more information about how that benefit is figured, go to


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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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