The basics: When can I retire?


Q: I am under the Federal Employees Retirement System and have been employed by the Environmental Protection Agency for 26 years. I am a GS-12/6, and am 48 1/2 years old. I would like to know exactly when can I retire and any other related details.

A: The earliest you could retire is when you reach your minimum retirement age, which in your case is 56. Because you will have more than 30 years of service at that time, you’ll be able to retire immediately and receive an unreduced annuity.


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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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