When to give notice


Q: How many weeks’ notice is a federal employee retired to give prior to retirement?

A: There is no minimum notice requirement in law or regulation. However, courtesy and prudence suggest a minimum of a few weeks. I mentioned courtesy because a supervisor needs to know that you are leaving so he can plan a redistribution of work among those who are left and, where possible, begin the search for a replacement. I mentioned prudence because failure to take the time to shepherd your retirement application through you agency before leaving could result in long delays before you receive your first annuity payment.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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