Q. I resigned from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 to pursue a new career in the private sector, but am now unemployed. Being born with profound hearing loss – both ears – I just found out I should qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. If approved, can I apply for FERS disability? I’m 53 with 28 years federal service.
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Q. I would like to know if I retire under FERS on December 29, 2017, and have 30 years and 11 months service and am 56 years old, will they calculate my supplement as having 30 years or 31 years? That would make a difference from 75 percent with 30 years and 77.5 percent with 31 of my Social Security at 62. Would I need to go an extra month to get the 77.5 percent? It says to the nearest whole number.
Q. I’m 66 years old still working in federal service, at the Department of Defense, under the CSRS plan. Will I get full Social Security benefit because I’m still working? I’m planning on retiring from federal service at the age of 70.
Q. In order to reach the 30 years of substantial earnings needed to avoid the windfall elimination provision, can you pay Social Security the necessary amount (with interest) to top up the missing years?
Q. I am a 74 year old under the old Civil Service Retirement System. I do not get Social Service benefits due to the offset law. When and if my husband, who is 83, dies, am I entitled to any of his Social Security benefit or a death benefit?
Q. My wife is 60 years old, has 28 years FERS service with the Internal Revenue Service, and has been offered a VERA and a VSIP effective Dec. 31, 2017, Can she then apply after December 31 for Social Security disability?
Q. I am 61 years old with 20 years of federal service. I am trying to figure out whether I retire now or closer to 62. My plan was to retire next year at the end of July, but I am interested in the supplement that is not granted until I am 62. I am not too happy at my job right now and am thinking about getting out a little earlier. What advice do you have?