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Rehire, job loss and annuity

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Q. I had 24.9 years of government civil service with the Navy. We were BRACed, and I retired. Then I got hired as a contractor for the government for less than a year. Now I work for the Air Force at a decrease in pay and grade. I may lose my job again because of the budget cuts in the government. How will all this affect my annuity, which I’m still receiving, if I lose this job? A. If you received both your annuity and the unreduced salary of your new position, you wouldn’t receive any credit for that period…

Postal Service VERA

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Q. I am a 55-year-old Postal Service employee with more than 26 years of creditable service who has been on active duty under Title 10 for the past 10 years.  Late last year, I was offered the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority, which I accepted and submitted the irrevocable application along with all of the required documents.  On Jan. 31, I received a phone from the Postal Service human resources office to inform me that my retirement could not be processed because I am on active duty. I was also told that I had to return to pay status to be eligible for retirement. 1. …

Rehire offered lower salary

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Q. I was asked to return to my previous position as a rehire annuitant. I pursued the offer by applying for the announced position. I was then selected for the job but only offered a Step 1 in my retirement grade level. At the time of my retirement, I was a Step 6. The hiring official tried hard to convince the third line manager to approve my special qualifications with no avail. In the end, I was offered a lower salary than I had at the time of my retirement. Fair? Any rights? A. As a re-employed annuitant, you at…

Re-employment and five-year rule

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Q. My husband worked for a Veterans Affairs Medical Center for seven years, then left federal employment.  He is 63 and eligible for a deferred annuity. He may be returning to his previous job. Is there a certain amount of time he must be re-employed so as to be able to retire and carry his health benefits into retirement? A. If he was enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program on the day he left, re-enrolls on the day he is re-employed by the federal government, and has been enrolled for five years, he would be able to carry…

Rehire

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Q. I did early retirement in 2005 by way of a buyout. I receive an annuity. What would the issue be if I return to federal service now? A. Because you didn’t meet the normal age and service requirements to retire, when you went back to work, your annuity would stop, and you wouldn’t be able to retire again until you did.

Firefighter questions

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Q. I have been a federal firefighter for 12 years. I am looking into going contract as a firefighter for two years. I turned 35 in October. Is there a cutoff age to where I can no longer return to the federal service as a firefighter? I have heard several things and am not sure which is right. I even spoke to my personnel office, which could not give me an answer. I heard you cannot get rehired once you turn 37 and that you can add the years you have been in the federal service to 37 and that…

High-3

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Q. I have just returned to federal civil service after being away for 4½ years. I have made a lump-sum deposit for those 4½ years. If I retire tomorrow, how will my high-3 salary be calculated? Would it reflect the salary tables for 2008 to 2012 — the years I was away — or would my actual salary from 2004 to 2007 be used? A. Your high-3 would be based on the average of the highest three consecutive years of basic pay you actually received, not what you would have received if you’d been at work.

High-3

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Q. I started at a federal agency in June 2010 as a GS-14. I bought back my military time (10 years).  I was recalled to active duty in the Army in March 2011. I was on active duty, and in a leave-without-pay status, until March 2012. I returned to my agency after completing my service. I may take a GS-12 position closer to home. I’m close to retirement age. If I switch to GS-12 in July, would my high-3 be a mix of GS-14 and GS-12? If I switch to GS-12 in January 2015, would my high-3 be as a…

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