Q. As I understand it, when a retiree’s spouse dies, the retiree needs to notify the Office of Personnel Management. Is the increase in the retiree’s annuity effective at the time of that notice, or is it back-dated to the date of death?

Q. I had five years of federal service, bought back 10 military years, then quit federal employment at age 40. I’ll apply for a deferred pension at 62. Is there any chance of getting health care under the FEHB program then?

Q. Is a temporary promotion of less than or equal to 120 days included in your high-3 computation for retirement (assuming the promotion was within your last 3 years of service)?

Q. I was a FERS employee who was involuntary separated (performance related) after 16.5 years with the U.S. Dept. of Labor. I separated in September 2003. In 2004 I took a refund of my retirement contributions. Am I entitled to any pension that would be based on the government’s contributions to my account? I was born in 1963 and would otherwise be eligible for my pension in about 18 months.

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