Retirement application


Q. I am in CSRS. I plan to retire this summer with more than 37 years of service. I have heard conflicting comments about the correct time frame to submit retirement application. My HR expert said “the Office of Personnel Management will not accept paperwork prior to 30 days before retirement.” Is this true?

A. If it’s true, I’m surprised that OPM would accept any paperwork before you actually retired. There’s nothing they can do with it until your agency closes your account and forwards the completed package to them.


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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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