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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.



    Dear Mr. Jones

    I am a GS employee currently in Korea with 45 years of outstanding service. My planned retirement for quite some time is Jan 17 on or around my 70th birthday. I have been on PPP for about 2 years and was recently selected for a job that would have me on board at the gaining organization for not more than 4 months. I am a SMA and IAW with the PD I am not technically nor medically qualified to perform the duties. These selections are made using a cookbook and a word recognition program. I have reviewed hundreds. My local CPAC sent 4 ultimatums. I asked several times for a discussion of these terms and was told “there can be no discussion” I did not Accept or Decline the position. To accept would have been a tragedy for me, the gaining organization, my organization, To move to a new organization 4 months before my retirement is not in the best interests of anyone. I am now being told to resign or retire in 45 days, or I will be terminated in 45 days. This is about my health and welfare I am not being permitted to discus it. You thoughts on this and any recourse I may have to allow me to retire IAW my plan.

    Thank you for any guidance you can provide

    Jerry Zolli

    • If you believe that a prohibited personnel practice is involved you can take the complaint directly to your agency’s Office of the Inspector General.

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