LEO combined with regular service


Q. When I meet my MRA, I plan to retire with 31 years of federal service. The first nine years I worked in law enforcement. How will this affect my retirement? Will I be eligible to draw 1.7 percent for the nine years and 1 percent for the rest of my federal service?

Lump-sum withdrawal


Q. I’m looking to retire by the end of 2014 with almost 34 years of service under CSRS. I see in one of your answered questions about CSRS retirement lump-sum payment from the 2012 article in Federal Times. It sounds like that person wanted to get a lump-sum payment of their retirement contributions and still receive a monthly annuity. The answer to the questions was no, you can’t receive a refund of your retirement contributions. Does this mean that if a person retires from federal service and wants to get a lump-sum payment of their retirement without also getting an…

Retirement at GS-13


Q. I am a GS-13 with 10 years of federal service. If I were to retire with 20 years of service at GS-13, what would be the retirement pay for GS-13? I understand about TSP and Social Security, but I’d like to know what retirement pay I would receive as a GS-13.

Buyback age limit


Q. I am 65 and still working but at this time, I have not or did not buy back my military time, is there an age limit where I do not have to buy it back, or yes, if I want the extra money, I will have to buy it back? A. There isn’t an age limit on when you may make a deposit to get credit for your active-duty service. The only requirement is that you make that deposit before you retire. Note: If you are a CSRS employee who doesn’t make a deposit, you’ll still get credit for…

Finding Your High-3


The “high-3” is an essential element in the formula used to calculate your annuity. But what does the term high-3 mean? And how do you figure out what yours is? The high-3 defined Your high-3 is the average of your highest rates of basic pay over any three consecutive years of creditable civilian service, no matter when they occur in your career, with each pay rate weighted by the length of time it was received. That three-year period starts and ends on the dates that produce the highest average pay. It starts on the first day that leads to the…

Delinquency definition


Q. Could you please explain what the term “delinquency” refers to with regards to a discontinued service retirement? A. Delinquency is a term that includes, but is not limited to, failure to do what law or duty require, an offense or a misdemeanor, a debt or other financial obligation on which payment is overdue.

Creditable service


Q. I was hired in January 1991 at U.S. Army TACOM in Warren, Michigan, as a Desert Storm Temporary. I worked for full two years. I also was on active duty in the Marine Corps from 1982 to 1989. I was hired full time at TACOM in 2007. I was able to buy 7 years from my active-duty service for retirement purposes. Is there any way that I can purchase my Desert Storm Temp time as a GS09?

Retirement credit


Q. I was called to active duty in 2009 to serve in Iraq. However, when I was ordered to active duty, I used my annual leave and my military leave during my short stay. While serving on active duty, I was getting paid and retirement deductions were being deducted from my pay, along with all the other deductions. So, my question is: Shouldn’t that time be counted toward federal credit? Especially since retirement deductions were being taken and I was using leave the whole time.

Retirement date


Q.I read that Aug. 1 is a best date to retire. Why not July 31? That is for those who work a 4-5-9 schedule (i.e., Aug. 1 is a non-work flex Friday). A. As a CSRS employee, your only requirement is that you retire no later than the third day of a given month. Whoever wrote that Friday, August 1 was the best day to retire was probably accepting the fact that most employees complete their workweek on a Friday. By leaving at the close of business on that day, they’d receive a full week’s pay. Since you are on…

Military buyback


Q. I am retired Army with 22 years and nine months being paid my monthly retirement check. I retired in May 2011. I started as a GS FERS employee in February 2013. I am in a target GS 12 position, which basically means that I will be a GS 12 in February 2017. I did the DFAS Payback estimator for military time and it stated that I would owe about $18,000. My monthly retirement check right now is about $2,200 a month. I know that I will have to waive that once I retire from civilian service in order to…

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