Retirement date


Q. I will be retiring Jan. 31 from the Postal Service, taking advantage of the incentive offer that requires that date as your retirement date. Jan. 31 is a Thursday and a regular workday for me. Do I report for work that day? If that is the case, isn’t my effective retirement date Feb 1? Essentially, is Jan. 31 my last day that I will be at work, or is Jan. 31 my first day of not going to work?

A. You will be retiring at the close of business on Jan. 31. You’ll be on the annuity roll Feb. 1.


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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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