Q. I’m 63 years old with 17 years with the federal government. Can I lose my pension if I get fired for misconduct?

A. No, you can’t. Under 5 U.S. Code 8312, employees can only lose their pension if they are convicted of such offenses as gathering or delivering defense information to a foreign government, treason, insurrection, sedition, conspiracy or advocating the overthrow of the government.


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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

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