Q. 5 CFR 842.503 (a)(1) says that 30 years of service grants you entitlement to the special retirement supplement, yet the Office of Personnel Management denied it to me. I just left the service two years prior to minimum retirement age with 30-plus years of service.
A. Only those who retire on an immediate annuity are eligible for the special retirement supplement. You’ll find the definitions for age and service that would entitled an employee to an immediate annuity at 5 CFR 842.202, 203 and 204. The following combinations of age and service meet that requirement:
62 with 5
60 with 20
MRA with 30
MRA with 10, but with a 5 percent penalty for every year they are under age 62