Is VSIP always a lump sum?


Q. I am 62 with 25 years of service. Since Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments have been offered in my organization, I am thinking about taking one. Do I have to take the lump sum, or can the incentive be taken in installments?

A. How the payments are made is entirely up to your agency, and, with the exception of the Postal Service, they usually make it in a one-time lump sum.


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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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