Q. Processing an individual for immediate retirement with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013, but realized she was ineligible because she’s not 62 with five years of credible service. So we need to do leave without pay on her to get her past her 62nd birthday. She stopped working Dec. 31. What date do we make the leave without pay date effective? What should the end date be so that she can retire April 1, 2013?
Q. I am 51 and retired with 22 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In our agency, we could retire at age 50 with 20 years of service or at any age with 25 years of service. Our maximum retirement age is 57. I thought I understood from retirement training that in our special circumstances, earnings rules did not apply until we reached age 57, or when we would have been forced to retire. In other words, after early but full eligibility retirement, we could work and we would not be penalized or limited with new income, in that…
Q. I am a 20+-year retired veteran. I also receive Veterans Affairs disability compensation. I am considering a position with VA. How many years of employment before I am eligible to retire from VA? Will I continue to receive my above income, as well as my VA retirement?
Q. I worked as a contractor for six years. During those six years, I always worked on an Army installation and directly for a civilian Army boss. Are there ever situations like this where a contractor may buy back retirement time? I have 13 more years working as a permanent employee for other federal agencies.
Q. 77-year-old federal employee with 13 years of service. Facing possible removal for conduct, which is not criminal. He is considering retirement before being terminated from work. What is the impact on his FERS retirement if he is fired? And is he eligible for retirement with just 13 years of service?
Q. I am 64 and have worked for the Transportation Security Administration for 2½ years. I would like to retire when I reach 65 next year when Medicare becomes available to me. But my wife is one year younger. Is there a COBRA system so she can be covered for the one year before her Medicare kicks in?
Q. My command is being abolished and moved to Texas. Since I am unable to find a position in the local commuting area, I will receive a reduction-in-force notice. I am retirement-eligible but want to keep working. Can I apply for state unemployment benefits, look for a job and still receive my retirement?