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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. If you get fired can you still get retirement benefits? And or if you quit before being fired, can you collect unemployment

    • Yes, you can get retirement benefits when you meet the age and service requirements. No, you can’t get unemployment benefits if your quit.

    • You would be entitled to an annuity unless the separation was based on misconduct or delinquency. As a FERS employee, the standard formula would be used: .01 x your high-3 x your total years and full months of service.

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