Q. I’m currently providing health insurance for my husband as a FERS employee. If I postpone retirement, can my husband resume his insurance coverage as well as me?
Author Reg Jones
Q. I was forced to take a FERS Disability Retirement and was approved, but the Office of Personnel Management put me on regular earned rate retirement because I bought back my military time which then gave me 20 years of federal time and I just turned 60 years old. Should OPM not have counted my military buyback until age 62 when I would have converted over to regular retirement? I thought I would be getting 60 percent of my high-3 the first year then 40 percent the second year then go into retirement with 1.1 percent of my high-3.
Q. How does the Office of Personnel Management calculate the special retirement supplement? I turn 56 this year and plan on retiring with 33 years government service; 9 of which are for military time that I bought back. Based on comments that means that my SRS will be based on 24 years of civilian federal employment.
Q. I have been trying to get a straight answer for years on a matter. I spent 11 months as a U.S. Probation Officer, which comes under federal law enforcement officer retirement, and then moved to the FBI as a Special Agent. I was told early in my career that the first position as U.S. Probation Officer did not count toward LEO retirement because I had a two month break in service. Later I was told it did count. Does it count?
Q. I worked for the Long Beach Naval shipyard from 1980 thru 1995, when they had a reduction in force. I chose to leave and was paid a severance when I elected not to go into the Personnel Placement program. What retirement benefits are available to me and where can I find out more information? I am currently 56 years old and am looking to retire soon.
Q. I understand that my FERS annuity doesn’t receive COLA increases until age 62. When I do turn 62 does my annuity only increase with subsequent COLA increases or is there a “catch-up” adjustment as well?