Social Security disability and special retirement supplement


Q. I took the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority on July 31. I am receiving the special retirement supplement. I have since applied for Social Security disability. If I am approved for SSDI, will I lose the supplement even though I did not file for Postal Service disability? And will I have to pay back the supplement for the months I receive back pay from Social Security? And will I need to notify the Office of Personnel Management that I am receiving Social Security disability?

A. According to OPM, you will be eligible for the special retirement supplement even though you will also be receiving a Social Security disability benefit. That wouldn’t be true if you were receiving a disability annuity under FERS. FERS disability retirees aren’t eligible for the special retirement supplement.


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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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