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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. I retired more than 25 years (Civil Service) ago on a Retirement Disability. I am applying for
    a job with TSA. My questions are listed below.

    1. Do i have return rights to federal employment?
    2. Will my seniority resume (CS time = 20 years & 1 month)? (added to the 20 years)
    3. Will my pension stop and resume after I re-retire?
    4. What percent of m base pay will I receive after 25 years at the age of 70?
    5. Will my pension be based on my last high 3 years?

    • 1. Yes.
      2. Yes.
      3. Yes, unless you are hired under an authority that allows you to receive both your annuity and the salary of your new position.
      4. Here’s the formula:
      1.5 percent of your high-3 X 5 years of service, plus
      1.75 percent of your high-3 X 5 years of service, plus
      2.0 percent of your high-3 X all remaining years and full months of service.
      5. Yes.

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