Q. I will be 61 in August with 26 years of service, CSRS Offset. I’m planning to retire in September. Do I have a deduction on my annuity?
Q. Can the sick leave balance be used to push a retiring employee beyond the 20-year point? If the worker, older than 62, wants to retire on Feb. 1 but is five months short of 20 years and has 5½ months of sick leave, will the balance push the service beyond 20 years?
Q. I “bought back” 7 years of active duty service time and completed an additional 15 years of National Guard service. I have retired from the National Guard. When I retire from the federal government with 27 years as a fed plus 7 years active duty, will I be able to receive both the federal retirement (34 years) and the National Guard retirement?
Q. I’m 100 percent disability rated from the Department of Veterans Affairs and have about 4 1/2 years military service. I am now a FERS employee and considering buying back my military time. If I do, will it affect my VA disability rating?
Q. Does the U.S. Post Office have the option of not paying into Social Security? I’m asking because my father worked for 36 years for the Post Office and was denied Social Security with the explanation that he wasn’t covered by Social Security while a Postal Service employee. This makes no sense to me because I thought that coverage was automatic and mandatory. How is it at all possible for someone to not pay into Social Security when it’s taken out of your check? Is there an option of not paying into it? Is there something that my father, as…
Q. I was married 13 years to a CSRS federal employee. Upon his death I received the papers to file for benefits; however, I became very sick. Due to my decline in health, I was unable to return the papers. It has been two years. Is it too late to receive the benefits?