Q. I resigned from the U.S. Postal Service in 2005 with 490 hours of sick leave. I started working for the Department of Homeland Security in 2013. I have tried to contact the Office of Personnel Management to see if I could get my sick leave back. Is the Post Office different whereas my sick leave can’t be restored?
Author Reg Jones
Q. I retired in 1995 and included a small survivor benefit for my spouse. In 2014, we divorced, and I have since remarried. I would like to leave a survivor benefit for my new wife. Does the Office of Personnel Management permit me to provide a survivor benefit to my second wife? If yes, what is the correct way to proceed?
Q. Because of medical reasons, I’m considering retiring early. My age is 58, and I have 28 years of federal employment, non-military. I know that I will deduct 5 percent for every year until I reach 60 for my pension. Would I receive the special retirement supplement if I retire now? I have reached my minimum retirement age.
Q. I’m a FERS employee with the U.S. Postal Service. I have been with USPS for 28½ years and have two years and four months of time in the military. Can I retire now and still receive my special retirement supplement, or do I have to wait until I get 30 years with USPS?
Q. I work for the U.S. Postal service and I’m applying for disability retirement. Re: the high 3 year average. ,y pay rate is $58,350 for 2017. For the last 3 or 4 years I’ve been using LWOP a lot and my yearly income has hovered around $40,000 a year. Do they use my pay rate of $58,350 (it was around $58,000 for 3 consecutive years) or do they use the $40,000 figure to arrive at the 3 year average? In other words, would LWOP effect my disability retirement income? Thanks for any help.
Q. I applied and received Social Security and OPM disability retirement because I needed an organ transplant. After my transplant, my doctor said I am recovered and can return to my former position at the U.S. Postal Service. Once Social Security and OPM stop my disability checks, is my agency obligated to return me to duty?
Q. I have 10 years in FERS, and I’m 60. I am being offered a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment in August. I turn 61 in October. It is my understanding that my annuity be reduced by 5 percent for each year I’m under 62. Since I am turning 61 in October, will they only reduce my annuity by 5 percent instead of 10 percent? Lastly, when I turn 62, will my annuity reduction stop and go back to what I would have received at the age of 62?