Work part time and collect full pension


Q. I am planning to retire in about two years, after a 40-year career as a federal dentist with the VA. I would like to continue working (same job), part time (two days per week). However, I do not want to take a reduced pension, as it does not make economic sense. Is there a way to work part time (and receive a part-time salary, not a consultant fee, which is very little) and collect a full pension? Thank you

A. Only if you were hired under one of those rare authorities that allow you to keep both your annuity and your full salary. You’ll have to check with your agency to see if that’s possible in your case.


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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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