Q. As a prior federal employee from 1975 to 1998, am I entitled to receive annual leave benefits of the higher rate if I take a position with another federal employer? In other words, if I left with eight hours per pay period, would I receive eight hours per pay period for the new position? A. Yes.
Q. What are the rights of a federal retired annuitant to get rehired by the Social Security Administration? A. If you are asking if an agency has an obligation to rehire an annuitant, the answer is no. That answer applies to the annuitant’s former agency and any other government agency.
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.
Q. Is an office closure that forces employees into a Discontinued Service Early Retirement considered voluntary or involuntary when the employee is rehired as a re-employed annuitant. Namely, if involuntary, not subject to new Federal Salary offset. A. If you choose to retire in the face of a reduction-of-force, your retirement is voluntary. If you are separated by a RIF, it’s involuntary. However, no matter which way you went, it would have no affect on the amount you’d have to contribute to the retirement fund if you were re-employed by the federal government. The higher contribution rate doesn’t apply to…
Q. I have been working for the government more than 20 years. Can I take leave without pay to go back to school full-time for nine months? A. You can request LWOP. However, the decision to grant it is in your supervisor’s hands, as guided by agency policy. If what you study would increase your value to the agency, the chances of LWOP being granted would be greater than if it didn’t.
Q. I worked for the post office from 1980 to 1990 and then quit to attend grad school. Although I’ve since become successful, immediately after grad school I needed money and so withdrew it from my CSRS account. Will I be eligible to go back on CSRS if I return to federal service?
Q. I am CSRS and worked 20 years between 1983 and 2004. I am considering taking a job in a Texas school district. Will there be any offset between my CSRS annuity and my Texas state annuity? A. No, there won’t.
Q. I am 52 with 17 years in the federal government (FERS). I am not eligible to retire yet and am not eligible for a discontinued service retirement. My agency field office is closing, and I have decided to decline their directed assignment outside of my state. I am eligible for severance pay due to the fact that it is not a reasonable job offer (it is outside of my commuting area, and I am not subject to a mobility agreement). I have submitted my information and found I am eligible to receive one year’s worth of severance payments. I…
Q. I am a FERS retiree since 2003. May I work as a temporary fire lookout for the same agency? A. There is nothing that would prevent you from being rehired by your former agency if it wanted to do so. However, you need to find out what the effect of taking that job would be. As a rule, the salary of a re-employed annuitant would be reduced by the amount of his annuity. If that turns out to be the case with the temporary lookout position, you’d end up working for nothing.
Q. I am 55 years old and took an early retirement offer with an incentive from the Postal Service in August of last year. I had 26 years of full service. I am considering an opportunity to become re-employed part time with the U.S. Forest Service as a GS4 information receptionist at the local visitor center. This is a seasonal position lasting six months a year. How will this affect my Thrift Savings Plan withdrawals and my special retirement supplement when I turn 56? I retired as an EAS-18 postmaster.