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Q. I’m getting mixed advice about the maximum amount of time my current agency can retain me because it is not a transfer within the agency, but to an external agency. I have asked the human resources specialist to provide me with the Office of Personnel Management regulation that allows my current agency to retain me for 30 days. After two days, she indicated she is still researching it. I have scoured the OPM site and I have found nothing. Can you clear this up for me?

Q. Can you explain what would happen to my pension as a reinstated employee? I retired in 2011 from the sales department in the U.S. Postal Service. I took a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority. I was 53, now I’m 59. I would like to go back to my job (I just saw the posting). I have been getting the supplement since age 56. I get $27,348 with my pension and supplement. I left at the pay scale of $68,000 — the same as the job is offering. Would I still get a pension in my direct deposit? Will I accrue a new pension?…

Q. I will have 30 years in service on Aug. 8, 2018. I will apply for retirement under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) at that time and see where the dart hits the dartboard. I will be 49 years old (plus a few days) — young enough to perhaps move onto something else. Is there anything I should know?

Q. I am 52 years old with 30 years of federal service under my belt. There is a possibility my agency will do away with my position. What are my options should this happen? I am not in a position that I can relocate to another area. Will I lose my FEHB if my position is abolished and I cannot find another federal job? Will I be eligible for immediate retirement even though I don’t meet the MRA requirement? FEHB is the only health insurance I have. My husband does not have a health insurance plan. Do I still qualify for…

Q. I have been separated from federal service. How do I find out what my refund balance is? How do I find out if my application for a refund is being processed?

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