Supplemental annuity


Q.  I am a retired FERS employee and I am considering employment with a railroad. If I take the position, will my supplemental annuity be reduced? The railroad employees do not contribute to Social Security.

A.  Yes, you special retirement supplement will be reduced or suspended if your earnings from wages or self employment exceed the annual Social Security earnings limit, which in 2011 is $14,160.


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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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