Withdrawing my resignation


Q. I’m a FERS employee who submitted the paperwork to retire. Now I’m having second thoughts. Can I cancel my FERS retirement application?

A. Unless your agency has a valid reason for turning you down, it must accept your request to withdraw your retirement application. If it does, it must provide that reason in writing. Valid reasons for turning down your request would include 1) the fact that someone has already been selected to fill your position or 2) your position is being abolished and no other position exists at your pay and/or grade in the local commuting area for which you are qualified.


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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. GRB platform SCD states I have 30 years. Mypers has approved Optional retirement based on less than 30 years.
    I have term/ temp. time but I have SF50s which says I’m covered by FERS.
    What can I do?

    • You need to ask them what the basis is for not including those earlier periods of service. Depending on when that temp/term service occurred, it may not be creditable at all or only if you make a deposit to the retirement system for that time.

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