Special retirement supplement eligibility


Q. I am 56 years old (my minimum retirement age) with 27+ years in the Postal Service and four years in the Marine Corps, which I bought back. One person at retirement counseling told me I was not eligible for the special retirement supplement. Several of the specialists told me I was. I am retiring voluntarily. I asked the specialist to either show me a site where I could read it or put it in writing that I would receive the special retirement supplement. She could supply neither. I have spent countless hours on the Internet seeking the answer, many sites alluding that I would get it, but none that said I definitely would under my circumstances. Could you help me out?

A. Yes, you would be entitled to the special retirement supplement. For proof, go to www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms/csrsfers-handbook/c051.pdf and scroll to Section 51A1.1-3.


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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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