Q. I am 58 with 30 years in FERS. My overseas assignment is up, and I do not have return rights. I am about to register in the Priority Placement Program. When I receive a placement offer, can I refuse the job, quit the government, collect my severance pay and unemployment, and retire when my unemployment runs out, or do I have to retire immediately upon turning down the job placement?
A. Because you are eligible to retire, you aren’t entitled to severance pay.