Q. If I receive a buyout from the federal government, will I have to pay back monies if I take a job with a local college sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and go to work in my old office as the government slot was deleted. A. For an overview of the employment situations that would require a repayment, go to www.opm.gov/employ/html/vsi.htm and scroll down to Repayment Requirements. For a specific answer to your question, you’ll have to go to your personnel office and, probably, your general counsel.
Q. After 32 years of service, I retired from the VA in February 2011. My old boss called me up and asked if I would come in, as a contractor (not a VA employee), and help out doing what I did before retirement. How would this affect the civil service retirement annuity that I presently receive, and is this legal for me to do? A. Assuming that you didn’t receive a buyout when you retired, there is no legal bar to your working under a personal services contract. However, your former boss should check with the personnel office to be sure that your…
Q: I’m retired Army chief warrant officer 3 and worked 13 years as an Army contractor. I’ve been in civil service for nine months as a logistics management specialist. Can my 13 years of contracting time in a job similar to what I do presently be counted toward pay and leave time for the civil service? If so, what forms do I need to submit? I am getting conflicting information. A: No, it can’t.
Q: Is there any possibility of negotiating a higher level of annual leave accrual when accepting a permanent federal employment position, with no prior military or permanent federal civilian service? I understand new federal employees normally accrue four hours per pay period. However, I have been a contractor supporting this federal agency for more than 10 years, and I am interested in determining whether there is any precedent for negotiating a higher rate of annual leave accrual based on prior federal contractor employment. A: No, there isn’t. Leave accrual rates are set by law.