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.

Q. I have 20 years of service at 50 years of age. I am thinking about leaving the government. I plan to defer my retirement. I understand if I do this, I will lose my health and life benefits. I also understand I would not lose them if I wait until I am 56. My question is, if I return to the government when I am 57, and retire at 60, will I be eligible to receive full retirement benefits? That would give me 23 years of service at 60.

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. If someone resigns at their minimum retirement age of 56 with 24 years of credible Postal Service and postpones taking their annuity until right after their 60th birthday, is it true they fall under the age 60 with 20 years of service and will qualify for the FERS special retirement supplement and zero reduction of their FERS annuity? And are they entitled to reapply for Federal Employees Health Benefits?

Q. I am trying to locate a specific regulation or a rule that specifically states that “one person” who was on a NTE 120 temporary promotion (non-competitive) cannot be given another “temporary promotion” for a particular amount of time without competing for the position.

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