Re-employment rules after a buyout


Q: I retired from a federal agency this year and accepted a buyout from my organization. I am not ready to stop working and need to continue working part-time. I know that I cannot seek employment with another federal agency or contractor within five years without having to repay the buyout money. Does this rule apply to all other jobs, like working for public school systems, the state offices of congressman and senators, or state government offices? What are my options for seeking employment?

A: The repayment requirement applies to all federal jobs. It doesn’t apply to employment with state or local governments, or in the private sector.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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