FECA and Social Security


Q. I retired Jan. 1, 1985, under CSRS with 25 years of federal service.

I also qualified for total and permanent disability under FECA benefits based on injury June 23, 1983. I had no employment under FERS.

I elected FECA benefits. Before my employment with the government, I also qualified for regular Social Security retirement benefits for work in the private sector with fewer than 15 years of substantial earnings. Can I receive full FECA benefits and Social Security retirement benefits at the same time? If so, would there be any reduction in the Social Security retirement amount?

A. Yes, if none of your Social Security benefit is attributable to federal employment.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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