FERS annuity supplement and disability


Q. I took early retirement from the Postal Service after being refused FERS disability. Since that time  I have been awarded full disability from both the Veteran Affairs Department (I am a disabled vet) and Social Security. I have now reached the minimum retirement age and received notice from the Office of Personnel Management that I will be receiving the FERS Annuity Supplement. Am I still qualified for this supplement even though I am receiving Social Security Disability? I don’t want to find out later that I am not and must pay it all back.

A. According to OPM, you will receive the special retirement supplement even though you will also be receiving a Social Security disability benefit. That wouldn’t be the case if you were receiving a disability annuity under FERS. FERS disability retirees aren’t eligible for the special retirement supplement.


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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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