Browsing: Deferred retirement

Q. I am a 60 percent disabled veteran, so I earn a disability income. When I started work at the Postal Service, I bought my military time back so it would count toward retirement, so my service date is Sept. 1, 2001 (actually started in 2006). I am 46 years old now and I am looking to leave the USPS within three to four years. What options do I have for retirement? Could you explain deferred annuity and any other options available to me?

Q. I am a 51-year old FERS employee with 28 years of service. Because of my declining health, I plan to resign and take a deferred retirement. With more than 20 years of service under FERS, I can begin receiving a deferred annuity at age 60. Can I receive a reduced annuity at age 56, my minimum retirement age? If so, will the reduction be 20 percent or 30 percent? In other words, will I be penalized 20 percent (5 percent per year for four years) between the ages of 56 and 60, or 30 percent for the six years…

Q. Do I have to be on active federal service to apply for retirement?  In other words, can I resign from my current GS job, not work and check the “retired scene” for a month or two (i.e. take a break), then apply for retirement if I so desire, but keep the option not to retire and apply instead for another job if I find not working to be boring? And if my decision is to go ahead and retire, are there special requirements? How do I apply for retirement if/when I am not on current register?

Q. I have left the government with 12 years of service and bought military time of 10 years. I am now 59 years of age. I am under FERS. Can I apply for retirement this year (I’ll be 60) to receive retirement pay without penalty? I don’t want to have pension reduced or penalized under 62. I was also in the Navy Reserve and got activated for almost a year. I heard that my retirement age would be reduced 90 days. Does that mean my retirement starts three months before my birthday? My birth month is September. What month can I apply?

Q. I am 55 and worked 19 years with the Postal Service under FERS (from age 26 through 46). I have worked other jobs in the past and up through a few weeks ago. Can I start drawing my pension from the Postal Service? I realize it would be at a lower rate than if I waited until I was older.

Q. I am a federal law enforcement officer under FERS. The minimum retirement age in my field is 50 or 25 years at any time. We collect 1.7 percent per year for the first 20 years. At 10 years, we can apply for a deferred annuity at the MRA. I am 34 and considering resigning early to pursue opportunities in the private sector. I will have 10 years in service soon. Is there an advantage to waiting until I have 10 years? Assuming I apply at 50 and have accumulated 10 years of service accruing 1.7 percent per year, what…

Q. I started working for the Postal Service in August or September 1977 and resigned in June or July 1997 without withdrawing my retirement money. I have been working as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District since July 1997. 1. Is there any way to get specific counseling on my benefits? 2. How could I calculate my pension since I don’t know the salary rates I earned? 3. If I fill out my retirement papers now and write my wife’s name as beneficiary, what would happen if I divorce before or after starting to receive my pension?

Q. I have worked for the Postal Service for nearly 15 years. If I resign and go work for the state of California, will I be able to claim annuity when I am old enough to retire? I am 42. Will I lose the time I spent with the Postal Service, or will I be able to get both federal and state retirement?

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