Q. I am a GS-15 with eight years of service. My entire office (including my senior manager) is on furlough. After the start of the furlough, I was offered and accepted a position in the private sector. My new employer understands the holding pattern federal employees are in and is being flexible on my start date in the new position. How do I resign during the furlough? Whom do I contact if I am prohibited from using my access to my federal information technology resources? Is there any advantage to waiting until the end of the furlough?
Q. My Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay was approved with an effective date of Sept. 7. My retirement packet was received at Fort Riley on Sept. 17. I have not received any money for VSIP, annual leave or retirement due to the furlough. Will any of this money be paid during the shutdown, or will I have to wait until the new appropriation is approved?
Q. I am a re-employed FERS annuitant. My salary is being offset for my annuity. I need five years to be eligible for recomputation. Will being furloughed as a nonessential employee interrupt my five years?
Q. I am a 66-year-old federal employee with 24 years of service whose office is offering buyouts to fix furlough woes we are experiencing. I am healthy and, while I would love to be able to retire, I am uncertain. We are being told if we take the buyout, we can get unemployment benefits and COBRA coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits plan. Would this be a smart move for me?
Q. If I submit my application for Voluntary Early Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay and my VSIP incentive is denied, will I be forced to retire/resign? I have 24+ years and am over 58 years of age. My position is “overhire,” and we are undergoing furlough with very likely RIF.
Q. I have heard that for CSRS employees who retire effective Jan. 3, 2014, my retirement pay will not be affected by the furlough, but if I retire anytime after Jan. 3, 2014, my pay will be 2 percent less.
Q. I have been told by some people that because they retired before the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30), they were exempt from the furlough which is due to begin July 8 and go through the 30th. Can you verify this information?