Q. I was federally employed as a Border Patrol agent in November 1988, then joined the FBI in June 1991 and was fired May 2011 (no break in service since November ’88). I was 48. I can find no answers regarding retirement benefits. I was told I forfeited everything, but I could find nothing in writing. What are my options?
A. Unless your firing was connected with any of the offenses cited in 5 U.S. Code 8312, which largely involve treason, rebellion and seditious conduct, you’d be eligible for a deferred annuity at age 60, but only if you left your retirement contributions in the retirement fund when you left. If you took a refund, you wouldn’t be entitled to anything.