Q. I resigned under FERS at age 52 with 30 years of service. Can I put in at age 56 and 2 months for collecting my retirement? A. If you were born in 1965, you would be entitled to an immediate unreduced annuity when you reach your minimum retirement age, which is age 56 and 2 months. Note: As a deferred annuitant, you wouldn’t be entitled to the special retirement supplement. Reg Jones is away until May 2. Daily posts of previously submitted questions will continue, while newer queries will be answered following his return.
Q. I was terminated from the U.S. Postal Service under FERS after 20 years of employment at the age of 45 (birth year 1965). At what age am I eligible to receive my pension benefits? Also, how do I calculate how much I will receive?
Q. I’m a 20-plus-year employee who left federal service before minimum retirement age. What type of appointment, and for how long, would I need to once again be FEHB eligible?
Q. I work for a state agency and I have enough time that I am vested. If I go to work for the federal government, will the state time and federal time combine for retirement purposes?
Q. If reinstated after a break in service, is there a minimum amount of time that I’d have to work in order to be eligible for the FERS supplement at full retirement age?
Q. I am 54 years old and have been working for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years as a city carrier. Am I eligible for retirement? What percentage of my pay will I be able to receive? A. No, you aren’t eligible to retire now. However, you could resign from the government and apply for a deferred annuity under the MRA+10 provision. If you did, your annuity would be reduced by 5 percent for every year (5/12 percent per month) you were under age 60. Your annuity would be based on your high-3 and years of service as a FERS employee when you left.…
Q. I retired in 2004 after 21 years of federal employment on disability. Now that I’m 63 years old, I’m being told I am considered eligible for regular retirement. Has my age and time of service been used to calculate a different pay schedule?
Q. If I leave a federal job after seven or eight years of service, will I be eligible to collect a government pension?
Q. I was born in 1959, so my MRA age is 56 with 30+ years of service. I turn 56 on Oct. 10, 2015 (which is a Saturday) and I will have 31 years with the USPS (FERS). My master file says I’m eligible to retire on Oct. 9. What is the correct date of retirement? I don’t want to retire on that Friday, Oct. 9, only to find out I retired one day too early.
Q. I plan to retire early at 60 years old, and worked for VA medical center for 25 years by that time. Do I have to pay a five percent penalty each year before age 62? Is the five percent penalty deducted every year only?