The Retirement blog is taking a short break and will return April 24. Feel free to continue sending your questions. Thank you for your loyal readership!
Q. I spent 13 years, 1987-2000, in the national guard, drill weekends and annual training periods. I have been working for the Department of Defense since 2006. Does any of this time count toward my retirement or leave accrual?
Q. I will have been with the IRS for 20 years on September 30, 2019, and I plan to retire Feb. 23, 2020. I have taken leave without pay (LWOP) several times for medical reasons throughout my career. How does LWOP affect my retirement date?
Q. If someone joins the U.S. Postal Service and has four years active duty with an honorable discharge, will he/she automatically receive four weeks of annual leave from the start, or is it necessary to buy back their military time first?
Q. I am retiring Aug. 31 this year as a FERS employee from the National Institutes of Health, an agency with the Department of Health and Human Services. I carried more than 240 hours and I get eight hours each pay period. I currently have 312.5 hours. I have two pay periods left before I retire, which would give me 16 additional hours. And then based on what my final pay check will include, with an annual leave payout on Sept. 9, I calculate that those three pay periods will add 24 hours, which brings my leave to a total of 336.5 hours.…
Q. I worked on a permanent GS appointment from July 2013 to May 2014. I separated and returned to the government January 2015. Is there any way I can get back my previous time for leave-accumulation purposes?
The legislative branch of government may seem like it spends most of its time in tugs of war over major legislation. Well, it does. However, it also finds time to introduce – and sometimes pass – bills that could affect your future, that could either give or take away benefits. In this column I want to highlight a few bills that may be important to you. Access to Insurance for All Americans Act Introduced by Rep. Darrel Issa, R-Calif., H.R, 138 would repeal the Affordable Care Act. In its place a national health program would be established. Administered by…
Q. I am under FERS with 28 years of service, more than 65-years-old and want to retire at the end of this year (Dec. 31, 2015). However, I am unsure if it would be a good financial decision for me to wait until Jan. 9, 2016, which is the end of leave for the year. What is the best day to retire?