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 just found out that my ex-husband has retired. According to the divorce decree, I was to get 50 percent of his retirement, yet I have not received my benefit. I contacted him and his response was that they are taking it out of his annuity. However, I have never received it. How do I find where my benefits are?

Q. I resigned from the U.S. Postal Service and it is sending my return of retirement paperwork in the mail. When the Office of Personnel Management gets those forms, how long does it take to get the refund back? I opted for lump sum, direct deposit.

Q. My husband and I are both retired from the Postal Service under CSRS. Each of us has carried Self Only coverage through FEHB continuously during our working years and throughout retirement. Since these premiums continue to rise, one of the plans for 2018 is cheaper for us to go with Self Plus One. If we switch to Self Plus One for 2018 because of the price, then can we each go back to Self Only in 2019 open season? Second question: If he passes away while he has carried me under his Self Plus One, can I immediately go…

Q. I served four years as active Air Force and then joined the Air Guard. I finished with 20 years of service and can not apply for military retirement until I turn 60. After I left active duty I worked at the Veterans Administration hospital for seven years. Before I left, HR told me that if I bought my four years of active duty back and paid a fee, interest I believe they called it, I could receive a partial pension with 11 years when I turn 56. I’ve seen so many comments, some saying I can not collect both…

Q. Federal employees who are veterans with service-connected disabilities and who use the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for their healthcare are not afforded the opportunity to suspend their Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) upon retirement. This forces those veterans to choose between FEHB, Medicare Part B/C, when they need neither. Is this an Office of Personnel Management policy that can be changed, or does the solution require an act of Congress?

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