Q. I am a FERS retiree who applied for postponed retirement now that I am age 60 with 23 years of service. I have been a postponed status since age 55 with 23 years of service in order to not have my retirement reduced each year to age 60. The OPM retirement specialist processing my retirement has denied me the special retirement supplement stating that I was not eligible since it was met only for those retiring on an “immediate retirement.” I have had conflicting readings on this benefit for postponed FERS retirees, and I can’t see why the benefit would not apply since the rationale for the supplement would be the same for postponed retirees as it would be for “immediate” retirees before age 62. How can I appeal this denial?
A. Your agency is correct. No one who retires under the MRA+10 provision is eligible for the special retirement supplement, even if he postpones the receipt of that annuity to a later date to avoid the age penalty.