Browsing: federal employment

Employment and military retired pay

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Q. I retired as a CWO-3 (USMC) after serving 21 years. I am receiving retirement pay and received a 20 percent disability rating from the Veterans Affairs Department and get payments from VA. If I take a position with a federal agency, will I lose any of my military retirement?

Salary appeal

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Q. My daughter worked for 4½ years as a GS-4 and duties were added (5-6 level) that were not at the GS-4 level. She repeatedly asked for and was denied a desk audit. Four positions (GS-5) were posted, and she did not get any (they went to veterans, and that was fine with her), but when told she didn’t get one of the positions, she was also told she would be transferred because one of the GS-5 positions was the one she was doing at the time. She feels strongly that since she had done the job for several years…

Reserve buyback

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Q. I have 22 years in the Army Reserve, six of it on active status. If I take a federal job and buy back my six years of active time, can I still draw my Reserve retirement when I turn 60? A. Yes.

Military service and federal retirement

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Q. I retired in 1988 after 11 years of active service in the Air Force. Am I eligible for benefits; and for some form of retirement pay when I reach 62? I was thinking of getting a federal job to complete the active service to 20 years. A. Because this is a site for federal civilian employees and retirees, I don’t know if you are entitled to any military benefits. You’ll have to take that up with your former branch of service. If you did come to work for the government, you wouldn’t get credit for your active-duty service unless…

Military buyback

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Q. I retired with 21-plus years of military service and am now a federal employee. I retired about 13 years ago and have been collecting military retirement. I have been a federal employee for about 11 years. Can I still buy back my military service? If so, would it be worth it, and how does that work? A. Yes, you can make a deposit to get credit for your active-duty service. To do that, you’ll need to complete a copy of Form RI-20-97, Estimated Earnings During Military Service, and mail it to the military finance center for your branch of…

Military service and federal service and retirement

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Q. I served on active duty (Army, O-4) for 12 years and had four years in the Guard enlisted time during college. Do my 16 years qualify me for any benefits under FERS once I reach 65? Does it make sense for me to try to get a job in the federal government to work for five more years and reach the magic 20? A: First, if you got a civilian job, you would have to work for 5 years to be vested in the retirement system. Second, to get credit for active-duty service, you’d have to make a deposit…

Federal and military employment and retirement

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Q. Hello, I have seen many questions about getting credit for military service when retiring under FERS, but I wonder if it works the other way, too. If a person was in the military, separated from service and worked for the federal government under FERS, and then went back into the military, is his FERS time creditable to his military retirement? A. No.

Military service and federal employment and retirement

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Q. I was born on Aug. 2, 1967, and was in the military for nine years and three months (Feb. 25, 1992, to June 13, 2001). I worked at the VA hospital for 11 months (October 2003 to September 2004) and while there received my 10 years of service pin. I am looking to obtain GS employment again (soon) and wanted to know if I could retire and receive a retirement check once I complete 10 more years of service, giving me 20 years of service. If I am unable to receive my retirement check after 20 years of service,…

Federal retirement contributions from 40 years ago

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Q. I worked for the Social Security Administration from 1969 to 1971. I am now 63 and looking to retire at 66. In reviewing my Social Security statement, I see that nothing went into Social Security during those two years. I understand from the SSA that Social Security was not being withheld at that time but employees who worked at SSA received civil service pension benefits. Nothing was paid to me when I left SSA. How do I find out if I have any earned benefits during that period? A. You didn’t work for the federal government long enough to…

Military buyback and retirement timing

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Q. I am 50 and have 8.5 years of active military service (covered on DD-214) and 179 days of consecutive active-duty time as a reservist (no DD-214). I have approximately 3.5 years of competitive, permanent career federal civil service time but am no longer a civil service employee (resignation, no negative reasons). I do not count the 179 days of active reserve duty in my retirement calculations. I have not done the military buyback yet for my 8.5 years’ credited military service. If I land another permanent, career full-time federal civil service job and buy back my 8.5 years, would…

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