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Q. I have been working full time for the Department of Veterans Affairs (term employee in research) for nine years and four months. We may have to move out of state for my husband’s job. Is there any benefit to delaying the move to reach 10 years of service? I was also in the Army Reserve for six years, but never active duty.

The countdown to the end of the year is on. Some federal employees considering retirement may be eligible for either a postponed or deferred annuity. Postponed annuity A postponed annuity is an option for FERS employees who have reached their minimum retirement age and have at least 10 years of creditable service. However, if you retire under the MRA + 10 provision, there’s a hefty financial penalty. If you have fewer than 20 years of service, that penalty is 5 percent for every year (5/12 of 1 percent per month) that you are under age 62. If you have at…

Q. My mom just passed on. She was receiving a disability annuity. When we checked with OPM, we were shocked to find out they had taken all of her retirement contributions and used it for her disability payments. Is this really what happened? A. In all likelihood, yes. Annuity payments to retirees — whether regular or disability — initially come from the contributions employees made to the retirement system while they were working. Only when that money runs out does the government begin making those payments out of the retirement fund. A retiree who worked full time for an entire…

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