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Q. I just got my earning statement for my annual-leave payout. In the remarks section, I have a line that says OVR EARN LIMIT: $5,697.00. I was a GS-15/5 with LEAP and had an annual-leave balance of 432 hours on retirement (April 30). I typically received over-earning notifications on my pay statement, so am familiar with the why. But I was under the impression that the earning limits did not apply to annual leave that was paid out on retirement. Is that true, or are annual-leave payouts on retirement subject to the same over-earning restrictions as regular pay?

Q. I’m a civilian employee and preparing to retire. My SF50 shows that I worked part time, 20 hours a pay period earlier in my career but was given 36 hours each pay period to work; however, I can’t prove I worked those hours because those leave and earnings statements are missing. How does one get copies of lost leave and earnings statements? A. You can get the information you need from the National Personnel Records Center. Go to www.archives.gov/st-louis, click on Civilian Personnel Records and follow the directions at that site.

Q. When I retired from FERS, I was 60 years old. I just turned 62 and my supplemental pay was terminated. What I learned from this is that I became accustomed to this extra pay and now that I do not have it I find myself seriously thinking of applying for my Social Security to cover the gap. I was really hoping to apply for Social Security at 65. I guess I wasn’t made aware of what is supplemental/bridge pay. What are your thoughts?

If you are receiving an annuity from a job where you didn’t pay Social Security taxes and are married to someone who did, you may be subject to the Government Pension Offset. The GPO can reduce or eliminate your Social Security spousal benefit. That definition applies to a lot of spouses who receive a Civil Service Retirement System annuity. The reason the GPO became law goes back to the original purpose of the spousal benefit feature in the Social Security system. It was designed to provide a modest level of security for those who didn’t work or who had earned…

Twenty years ago, on September 25, 1995, my first column appeared in the Federal Times. I’d like to share the opening words with you because my goal – and the paper’s – haven’t changed since then. There’s an old saying: “In the private sector you can do whatever you want unless there is a law that says you can’t. In the federal government you can’t do anything unless there’s a law that says you can.” In reality, the government is in a double bind because there are laws that say it can do some things and others that say that…

Q. I have been a civilian employee with the Army for four and a half years, and I am receiving mixed information on my ability to purchase my military active duty time towards my FERS. I’m currently in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and am scheduled to retire in September 2015. I have 17 and a half years of Total Active Federal Military Service (TAFMS) time, which is a combination of active duty from being full-time Air Force, coupled with active duty performed as an activated Air Guardsman and Air Force Reservist post 9/11. I’ve been told from various representatives at…

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