Author Reg Jones

Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

Q. I am a FERS disability retiree who will have my annuity recalculated in September 2019 when I turn 62. What is the formula I have to use to calculate my regular retirement? Do I add the years I been an annuitant (14 years 10 months) plus the years (25 years 9 months) that I had when I retire? What about the sick leave that I read about that can be added to my retirement? Is this something newly added since 2004 when I retired on disability, which would give me a total of 40 years 7 months combined with…

Q. I have 6 years and 3 months active duty service. I received an honorable discharge in 11/2014 and got out as an E-5. I was rated 70 percent with my branch of service and 80 percent with the VA. In 09/2018, I started working for the USDA as a GS 7. I was told that I would be able to retire and collect a retirement pension in about 14 years from this (or any) government agency due to my previous military service if I buy back my service time. Is this true? Also, if that is true, will I…

Q. My deceased husband was a retired government employee. We have a notarized divorce agreement that he is giving me his annuities. I remarried before age 55 and did not get the survivors benefit. Will his intent to leave me his pension for our children, even when they are already adult, supersede marriage before 55? I have been divorced for 3 years, so can I be reinstated to collect an annuity?

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