Browsing: term appointment

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…

Postponed retirement and FEHB

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Q. I am a Veterans Affairs Department term employee with 28 years of service, 57 years old. My term appointment has only been extended to Jan. 31, 2013, with a “continuation of ongoing research funds.” If research funds are not available to pay me past this date, I understand that I can retire under the MRA +10 provision and postpone receipt of my annuity until I am 60 to avoid the age reduction penalty. And, at that time, can re-enroll for Federal Employees Health Benefits since I will have been enrolled for the previous five years. If I choose not…

Retire at 62 vs. disability on term appointment

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Q. I am a FERS employee on a term appointment who turns 62 this month. My Parkinson’s disease is getting worse, and I may not be able to complete my term appointment, which ends in April. Must I retire before my terms ends? Must I apply for Social Security retirement? Or may I apply for disability until age 65? A. If you apply for FERS disability retirement, you must also apply for Social Security disability benefits at the same time. If you don’t, the Office of Personnel Management won’t process your application. However, you need to understand that, at age…

Getting an answer

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Q: I was reinstated on a term appointment in 2003, and in 2005 the position was terminated. I took a permanent position with Bureau of Land Management. While in my term position, I was told to sign up for the Federal Employees Retirement System or my time would not count toward my tenure in this term position. I was told that when my term appointment ended and I accepted a permanent position, my tenure would continue and I could, at this time 2005-2008, opt to be reinstated as CSRS/FERS instead of FERS. I had requested to my BLM human resources…