Workers’ compensation


Q. I work for the postal service. Can I buy back the time I was on workers’ compensation? Does it count toward my retirement? A. Because you weren’t approved for disability retirement, the time you spent on workers’ compensation will be treated as Leave Without Pay and will be fully creditable for determining your length of service and used in the computation of your annuity. No deposit is required for you to get than credit.

CSRS Offset


Q. I am a federal employee hired in June 1981 and I have been working for government continuously since then. I am enrolled in CSRS. I served in the Navy from September 1973 to September 1977. What affect will CSRS Offset have on my retirement? I have 34 quarters of Social Security contributions, 16 while in the Navy and 18 before I started my civil service career. I do not plan on ever collecting Social Security. I do not want to go back to work once I retire just to get a minimum benefit from Social Security. A. If you…

Opting out of FERS


Q. Is there any way for me to opt out of the Basic Benefit offered in FERS? I just started at work today as a GS employee. I did not realize that the Basic Plan will require me to contribute 4.4 percent of my income to a retirement plan that pays 1 percent per year served. Please check my math. Does that mean I will have to draw retirement for a minimum of 4.4 years before I break even on these payments? That is without considering any growth rate on these funds.

Lump-sum withdrawal


Q. I’m looking to retire by the end of 2014 with almost 34 years of service under CSRS. I see in one of your answered questions about CSRS retirement lump-sum payment from the 2012 article in Federal Times. It sounds like that person wanted to get a lump-sum payment of their retirement contributions and still receive a monthly annuity. The answer to the questions was no, you can’t receive a refund of your retirement contributions. Does this mean that if a person retires from federal service and wants to get a lump-sum payment of their retirement without also getting an…

Retirement at GS-13


Q. I am a GS-13 with 10 years of federal service. If I were to retire with 20 years of service at GS-13, what would be the retirement pay for GS-13? I understand about TSP and Social Security, but I’d like to know what retirement pay I would receive as a GS-13.

Sick leave at retirement


Q. I plan to retire in 2016 with 22 years of service. I will be 63 in May of 2016. I have 1,200 hours of sick leave. How would that affect my retirement? I have three years with a non-approved fund. I received a business basic separation because of base closure. I accepted a job with DOD within a day after my separation, but I could not start until the beginning of the pay period. Would I be able to count that time for retirement? A. At retirement, any hours of actual service that don’t add up to one month…

Survivor annuity


Q. I was granted a Federal survivor’s annuity in 1993 because my husband passed away and had 20 years of service with the federal government. I am 52 and plan to remarry. I know that my survivor annuity will be terminated because I am under 55, but I am unsure as to whether it can be reinstated if my new husband passes away. I have seen this question answered two ways – that it can be reinstated if there is a death or divorce and also that the annuity can only be reinstated if the marriage is terminated by divorce.…

Social Security disability


Q. I am receiving a CSRS pension since 2005 obtained under a VERA/VSIP authority. I have recently become disabled and I am considering SSDI. I have enough quarters but not 30 years. Will this affect my CSRS pension? I am 58 years old. A. I you were approved for SSDI, it would have no affect on your CSRS annuity.

Re-employment ramifications


Q. I retired three years ago under FERS. I am considering applying for another position with the federal government. Will I forfeit any pay or retirement if I am rehired? A. As a rule, the salary of your new position would be offset by the amount of your annuity.

Unused annual leave


Q. As a FERS letter carrier, if I retire and have 600 hours of unused annual leave, will I get a check for the 600 hours or is 440 the most I can get payed at retirement? A. Because you are a postal service letter carrier, your lump-sum payment for unused annual leave is limited to 440 hours.

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