Part time after retirement


Q. When I retire from my GS position, I plan to take a part-time position at a lower pay scale. Would I start out in the Step 1 position, or would it be at a higher step?

A. Because there is no requirement that you be hired above Step 1, it’s up to the agency that is hiring you to determine if there is any basis for placing you at a higher step. FYI, unless you are being hired into a position that allows you to receive both your full annuity and the full salary of your new position, your salary will be offset by the amount of your annuity. If it will be offset, you could end up working for next to nothing.


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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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