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 resigned from the federal government after 27.5 years of government service. I was 55 years old, and was told because I did not leave at my MRA with 56 years of service, I would not be eligible for FEHB or life insurance. I was planning to initiate my paperwork for retirement at 58 years old. Am I still eligible for medical/life insurance when I apply for retirement at age 58?

Q. I was active duty from 1984 to 1992, then employed by the Department of Justice in 1993 until 2016. (I bought back my military active service and had it applied toward my Office of Personnel Management retirement.) In 2001 I joined the National Guard. Currently, my commander wants to place me on Active Guard Reserve orders. Is this authorized? I called OPM and they said yes, but the National Guard needs proof. Can you direct me to the policy?

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…

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