Negotiate an early-out?


Q. I will have 30 years with the U.S. government on May 24 (28 years with the Navy as a civilian employee).

My minimum retirement age of 56 will not be met until Nov. 25. With the budget fiasco going on, might I be able to negotiate an early-out with the following at my 30-year service computation date:

1) A waiver of the MRA and retire in May.

2) Full Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay.

3) Full special retirement supplement.

What do you think of this?

A. Since no one has the authority to waive an MRA, your question is moot.


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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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