Retire and rehire


Q. I am biological research technician retiring from the Veterans Affairs Department on May 31. My boss wants to stay involved with the laboratory training new students in molecular biology. He wants to rehire me two days per week after I retire. Is this possible without affecting my annuity?

A. Unless you can be appointed under either an exceptional needs authority or on a limited time appointment, the salary of your new position would be offset by the amount of your annuity. Your boss can only propose that; only your agency can decide if that’s appropriate.


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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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