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Q. I am under FERS disability retirement with 23 years of service at age 49. I was told by the Office of Personnel Management that at age 62, my 23 years would be bumped up to 32 years — the difference between when I left and when I turn 62. So would it bump up my FERS retirement at age 62? Is this correct that it would be reconfigured at a higher annuity?

A. At age 62, your disability annuity will be recomputed and converted to a regular annuity. To do that, your actual service will be added to the time you spent on disability retirement. The total time will be multiplied by 1.1 percent. The product will be multiplied by your high-3 on the day you went on disability retirement, increased by any cost-of-living adjustments payable from that time to age 62.

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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.

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