Annuity supplement


Q. When do you get notified of the actual amount of your FERS supplement? I retired with an immediate annuity as a result of a discontinued service retirement with 25 years service at age 51. I will reach the minimum retirement age of 56 this May, but still haven’t been able to determine what the actual amount will be and the Office of Personnel Management has not responded to my emails. I know how to do the estimate (Social Security estimate at 62 divided by 40 times years of service), but am frustrated by the fact that OPM doesn’t even acknowledge emails and never answers the phone.

A. Retirees are notified of the amount of their annuity supplement when the benefit becomes payable. Payment and notification occur no earlier than the first of the month after they reach their minimum retirement age.


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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


  1. Is there any way to speak to someone on the phone about whether I definitely have my 30 years? I have significant amounts of lwop in several years and about 6 months of owcp time. The estimate the postal service gives you doesn’t consider these things

    • You’ll have to check with your local personnel office. If they are unable to help you, they can buck your question up the line until you connect with someone who can provide you with a definitive answer.

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