Q. If I remarry at age 66 as a retired federal employee, will I have an option to leave my partner any portion of income upon my death without penalty? She will be turning 60 this year.
Author Reg Jones
Q. I am planning to take a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority. I work for the Transportation Security Administration and will have my 10 years of service with them when I plan to leave. I am 56 years old. I am mainly concerned with the medical/dental, etc. benefits, which I have had for myself as well as my family for the entire 10 years. Will they still be covered, too?
Q. I’m a FERS employee covered under the law enforcement officer/firefighter provision. I have 25 years of service and have reached my minimum retirement age. If I get fired for misconduct, can they deny me my firefighter retirement benefit?
Q. My wife was a FERS employee who retired under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority due to a reduction in force. She had 25 years of service and was age 50. Will she receive the special retirement supplement at age 56 or her minimum retirement age?
There’s a new administration in town, and changes are already in motion. If you aren’t eligible to retire but want to leave government, you need to understand the consequences of your action, at least in terms of the benefits you’ve enjoyed as a federal employee.
Q. If you end up with 12½ months of sick leave, and 20 years and six-and-a-half months of service, would your retirement be based on 21 years, seven months, or would you lose the half month of sick leave and half month of service, and therefore use 21 years and six months to compute your retirement?
Q. I have 10 years with the military for which I haven’t made a deposit, and I will have 10 years in civil service. I’m a 55-year-old FERS employee. When will be the soonest time I can retire? If I leave the federal service before 62, can I still get my retirement when I’m 62?