Q. I am a federal firefighter under FERS. I have 25 years in position and will reach mandatory retirement age in 4.5 years. I want to stay with the federal program where I work. Is it legal for me to retire from the fire service and move to another government position here at the base where I am employed? If so, where is this in print, or under what regulation? I know in years past this was not allowed unless you came back as a contract employee.
A. Yes, you can retire and take a noncovered job in the federal government. You’ll find an explanation of if — and how — the salary of your new position will be affected by your annuity at www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms.csrsfers-handbook/c100.pdf.