There’s a new administration in town, and changes are already in motion. If you aren’t eligible to retire but want to leave government, you need to understand the consequences of your action, at least in terms of the benefits you’ve enjoyed as a federal employee.
Q. I am 52 years old. Before coming to work for the government, I was in the Navy for six years and received an honorable discharge. I am leaving a 27-year career and going into the ministry. Am I eligible for any retirement benefits?
Q. My sister’s husband passed away in December last year, and she received his CSRS benefits at 55 percent. She was told she is not entitled to any pay raises sense he retired, which was in 1996. But if she is entitled, who would she contact?
Q. I’m a CSRS employee with 35 years of service. I also have 21 quarters toward Social Security. I’m 66 years old. I was married for 15 years and my ex-wife is retired under Social Security. Am I entitled to a Social Security benefit on my ex-wife’s service?
Q. I am a civil service retiree and never paid into Social Security. But my wife worked and did pay into Social Security. She is now collecting her benefits and started at age 62. Will I be able to collect any money from my wife’s benefits at age 66?
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…
Q. I just received my 2016 personal statement of benefits from the U.S. Postal Service and my date of retirement eligibility is Feb. 10, 2019.. I’ll be 56 the next day, which is my minimum age of retirement. My total creditable service will be 29 years and five months. Do I get full retirement benefits, annuity, and a Social Security supplement or MRA + 10, since my creditable service is under 30 years?