Q. I plan on retiring in November 2017 and am counting on the special retirement supplement since I will have 32 years of service and be 56 years old. I’m hoping Congress does not touch the special supplement; but if it does, do you think it will affect people like me who are really close to retirement? Or will this legislation only affect newly hired federal employees going forward?
A. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict what action the current Congress will take, if any. And if there’s uncertainty about that, there’s even more uncertainty about what effect the results of November’s congressional elections will have on the subject.