Q. Can a CSRS retiree who earned enough credits to receive a Social Security benefit also receive a survivor’s benefit from his deceased spouse?
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Q. I’m a CSRS retiree and with Kaiser Permanente. I signed up with Medicare and received my card from Social Security saying I’m covered under parts A and B. I just sent in my first check for $345 for September, October and November. Do I still pay Kaiser the $120 a month for health care, or will that monthly withdrawal stop automatically from my retirement check? If not, who do I call to stop this payment?
Q. I am a Navy veteran and also worked at the post office for 20 years. I left early for a career change but didn’t fill out any paperwork. Is it true that I can apply for retirement benefits when I reach the age of 55, which will be in September 2016?
Q. How do you apply for the special retirement supplement? My husband is working on his FERS retirement package and there is nothing in it to complete about it. Is there a form or something else to go with the retirement package? He is 56 and has 30-plus years, 8 years of military time. We understand military time is excluded.
As a result of all the early retirement offers and buyouts, a lot of employees leave government for what they hope will be greener pastures. Whatever their motivation, quite a few of them think about returning to work for the federal government. If you are one of them, a potential impediment to your coming back to work is this. If you received a buyout and return to work before the end of five years, with rare exception, the law requires that you repay the entire amount no later than the date on which you report for duty. If you didn’t…
Q. I retired under CSRS at the age of 62, with 40 years of service (military included) and I paid back my military Social Security. I am currently 65 with 38 minimum quarters of Social Security. Would it benefit me to work two additional quarters to draw Social Security, or would the WEP eliminate any Social Security to which I would be entitled?
Did you work under either Civil Service Retirement System or Federal Employees Retirement System, leave government, withdraw your retirement contributions, and then come back to work for the government? If you did, when you retire your annuity will be reduced unless you redeposit that money, plus accrued interest. Should you make that redeposit or not? I’ll help you find the answer that fits your situation by explaining who is eligible for an actuarial reduction and how to find out whether that reduction is a better deal than making a redeposit. First, let me spell out the redeposit rules. CSRS and…