Retirement pay and federal rehire


Q. I worked a little less than six years, from September 2005 to July 2011, as a Foreign Service officer. I was 60½ when I left the Foreign Service as a direct hire and am now working there as a contractor. A document from the Office of Retirement indicates that I am eligible to receive retirement pay beginning in December 2012, when I turn 62, but now I am about to start a civil service job with the Department of Defense. Will I still receive my retirement pay from DoS?

A. Yes, but the salary of your new position may be offset by the amount of your annuity. Check with your new employer to see if that’s the case or if you will be allowed to receive both with no reduction.


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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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