Q. I am in my 11th year of federal service under FERS with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I plan to take a break from federal service and accept a private sector job for at least two years; but I eventually plan to return to federal employment in the future. 1. Can I leave my TSP account unchanged for the interim, or will I have to roll it over elsewhere? 2. Once I return to a federal job, will I have to have at least five continuous years yet again to be eligible to continue my FEHB coverage when I retire? 3.…
Author Reg Jones
President Trump said: “We are proposing a budget that will shrink the bloated federal bureaucracy — and I mean bloated — while protecting our national security.” If the new administration carries through on his promise, there will be widespread staff reductions. However, some agencies will increase, sometimes substantially. So, if you left government through retirement or resignation, you may want to consider returning to the public sector.
Q. Is it true that any FERS employee who leaves government and postpones the annuity to avoid the age reduction would not get the special retirement supplement? I ask because I have reached my minimum retirement age of 56, with 26 years of service. What would happen if I left the government for another job and postponed my annuity until age 60?
Q. I’m looking into buying my military service time, waiving my military retirement and retiring with 37 (20 military plus 17 government service) years creditable service at 56 years old. Am I entitled to the special retirement supplement?
Q. My mother retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1997 or 1998. She came in under CSRS and later FERS; however, I guess she did not pay into Social Security at the time, unknowingly. But she worked for years with the state prior to that and was not given credit for it. She receives the bare minimum from Supplemental Security Income. Is there anything that I can do to help her? She has worked more than 50 years to only receive $250 per month.
Q. I am a widow of a U.S. Postal Service worker and am receiving a survivor annuity. If I remarry after 55, will I be able to continue my annuity and my federal employee health benefits coverage?
Q. I am under FERS disability retirement with 23 years of service at age 49. I was told by the Office of Personnel Management that at age 62, my 23 years would be bumped up to 32 years — the difference between when I left and when I turn 62. So would it bump up my FERS retirement at age 62? Is this correct that it would be reconfigured at a higher annuity?
Q. I’m a FERS employee. I thought I had read somewhere that when you leave government early and apply for a deferred retirement, you have to wait until you are 62 to receive your annuity. Is that not true? Would you be eligible for the FERS supplement in this case?
Q. I received my first FERS retirement check, but it did not include the supplement. How long does it take to receive this? Is it a separate check or included with the FERS retirement check?