First-year rule


Q. I am a 64-year-old FERS employee with 22 years of service, planning on retiring in June. I also planned on having my Social Security start in July. Will the Social Security income cap be considered on my year to date earnings, or does Social Security only consider earnings from the start of your Social Security payments?

A. The Social Security benefit for anyone who retires during a year will be determined by the “first year rule.” To learn how that would affect you, go to


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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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