Browsing: excepted service

No break in service

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Q. I came into federal service in 1995 with the Air Force (civilian). In May 2012, I began a Schedule A excepted service temporary appointment to the Army to serve in Afghanistan. The Air Force put me on leave without pay, and I have return rights and will return to my old position and location when this one-year assignment is done. I want to ensure that there is no break in service or other problem when it comes time to retire. Is there anything that I should do now to ensure that things don’t get messed up at retirement time?…

Forced retirement?

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Q. I am 62 years old with more than 10 years of service. I am on a Schedule A excepted service term appointment that is soon to expire. I came to this appointment from a competitive service, permanent position at the request of my agency, but the funds for the program are now, unexpectedly, about to run out. I am told that I am not eligible for severance pay because I am eligible for an immediate FERS annuity (age 62 and five years of service), but I do not wish to voluntarily retire. Can my department make me retire without…

Excepted service retirement

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Q. I have 27 years with the government. At 23 years, I took a job with excepted service and it was not explained to me that they never offer early retirements. Is there any possibility of getting a retirement under FERS with excepted service at less than the full retirement number of years and age? A. You didn’t mention how old you are. If you have reached your minimum retirement age, you could retire under the MRA+10 provision. However, your annuity would be reduced by 5 percent for every year you were under age 60.

Excepted service and RIF

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Q. I am 52 years old and have 12 years in a federal excepted service position. Due to my excepted service status, do I understand correctly that I have no bump or retreat rights in the event of a reduction in force? For what retirement benefits would I be eligible under these circumstances? A. If you left your contributions in the retirement fund, you would be eligible for a deferred annuity at age 62.

Service computation date and breaks in service

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Q. When I initially joined federal service overseas, my original service computation date was March 4, 1982. Due to two small breaks in service (coming back from overseas under excepted service to a temporary job and then the break from the end of the temporary job to gaining a permanent position), my SCD was adjusted to April 3, 1983. I have since paid back the monies for the breaks in service (with the OPM documentation to prove it), but don’t understand why my SCD has not reverted back to the original date of March 4, 1982. Why doesn’t the SCD…