Retiring early


Q. I am 52 years old with 27 years of FERS employment. I bought a house in Florida about a year ago I have been unsuccessful in getting a transfer to my agency office in Florida. I am so frustrated I am ready to walk away from my job. Is there any way I can get a decent retirement check now?

A. Only if your agency were to be offering that opportunity to you under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA). Otherwise, the earliest you could retire is when you reach your minimum  retirement age, which is 56.


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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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