Q. If I buy back my military time, will it count, and is it calculated under my FERS covered service? Will it be included in my FERS supplement check? I’m a postal employee that started in 1986. I was in the military from 1981-1985.
Q. I think I joined the federal workforce way too early. According to my service computation date, I will have reached 30 years on Aug. 8, 2018 — mere days after I turn 49 — and I’m guessing my earliest possible retirement date will be Dec. 31, 2018. Of course, this is all information I have gleaned from my research. My somewhat pessimistic guess is something will change that retirement date between now and then and kick it down the road beyond Dec. 31, 2018. What do you think?
Q. I am a federal firefighter GS-9 step 9. I have six years of military time which I have bought back. I have been with the fire department 27 years. I am retiring at the end of December with the fire department. If I accept a GS-11 position with another agency at the same base where I am currently working, how will that affect my retirement? Do I just shift from the fire department to the new job and everything stays the same?
Q. Is the offset to my CSRS Offset retirement benefit calculated before the windfall elimination provision is applied to my Social Security annuity? That would seem to mean that my overall monies received would be reduced at age 62. When will I know what my new CSRS annuity will be with the offset? I turn 62 in December.
Q. Can post-56 military time that is paid back count toward retirement eligibility under FERS? I know it counts as retirement credit, but I heard that paid-back military time does not count for eligibility. For example, a FERS employee has 15 years of military service that was paid back and has 13 years FERS service and is 55 years old. That person does not qualify for an immediate annuity in two years (30 years total) because 15 years was in the military. That person must wait until age 60 to qualify for an immediate annuity under FERS.
Q. Employees are advised to select at least a minimal survivor benefit when selecting retirement options. I understand the base for the survivor annuity can be as low as 1 percent of the overall annuity. The cost of that survivor benefit could be as little as a few dollars a month, as its cost would be based on the 2.5 percent rather than the 10 percent portion of the formula. For example, if the full annuity was calculated as $40,000, 1 percent would be $400; the annual cost of that would be just $10. What are your thoughts?
Q. I am 55 years old (born Dec. 29, 2960). I worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 26 years, and now I have obtained a degree trying very much to get a different job within the government. If I leave the government and get another job until I am 60, can I get the Social Security supplement until I reach 62? Would I be able to collect two pensions if I do this?
Q. I retired in 2008 serving 30 years in the Air Force. I am now a five-year GS employee and have heard about buying back my military service. What are the advantages or disadvantages? I plan on retiring with 10 years under FERS.