Determining retirement date


Q. You show the best date in June 2015 to retire (FERS) as June 27. If I want my first annuity check to be paid in August, wouldn’t I have to retire June 30? I’m afraid if I retire on June 27, even though that would gain me the leave accrual for that pay period, I’d be postponing my first annuity check by another month.

A. Whether you retire on June 27 or June 30, you’d be on the annuity roll in July and entitled to your first annuity payment on August 1.


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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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