RIF eligibility


Q. I am a 48-year-old with 25 years of service with the Postal Service. My office will be reduced in September 2014 to a six-hour office. My husband was a retired Marine with a service-connected death. What are my options with the Postal Service plan? Can I be RIF’ed and can my pay be cut? I have veterans’ preferences documented on my Form 50.

A. Your options are to live with the reduction in pay, look for another job that has more hours, or resign and later apply for a deferred retirement. I’m sorry for the loss of your husband. However, his death and the circumstances that led to it would have no effect on your situation. Nor, unless there was a RIF, would your veterans’ preference be a factor.


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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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