Mandatory retirement


Q. I am a federal law enforcement officer working in a federal prison.  I will reach mandatory retirement with 20 years in October 2013.  I turn 60 in November 2013.  Can I continue beyond my 60th birthday if supported by the BOP?  Does a decision require review and approval by someone outside the agency or can the director approve?

A. To continue your employment beyond age 60, the attorney general would have to make that request to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Included in the request, among other things, would be a statement of facts establishing why your continued employment would be in the public interest and the time period, not to exceed one year.


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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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