FERS Supplement


Q. I was told this morning that if you receive the FERS (Federal Employee Retirement System) Supplement that your basic FERS annuity will be reduced because you have to pay back the supplement amount that you received over the length of your retirement. This was a new one to me, is this true? I was under the impression that the supplement comes out of a pool of money from OPM (Office of Personnel Management) and that is a reason the politicians want to take it away.

A. Whoever told you that was an ignoramus. The special retirement supplement is just that, a supplement that is designed to bridge the gap between when you retire and age 62, when you are first entitled to a Social Security benefit. As you noted, that money comes out of OPM’s Civil Service Retirement and Disability Trust Fund.


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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.


  1. Steven M. Ray Sr. on

    Who do you have to contact in order to collect the Fers subsidy. I retired under protest at age 59 and no HR person has ever mentioned the subsidy.

    • Did you retire with fewer than 30 years of service. If you did, you wouldn’t be entitled to the special retirement supplement.

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