Retirement date


Q. I will turn 55 on March 10, 2014, and plan on retiring that day. I have always understood that my last day of work would actually be the preceding workday (Friday, March 7). My local human resources people have told me I am incorrect and that I must work March 10. I cannot find the specific detail in writing, but I believe I have read it previously. Do you know where I can find the details to ensure I am following the requirement?

A. If the debate is about when you turn age 55, then the correct date is Sunday, March 9. If you put that down as your date of retirement, you’ve met the age requirement. Although your agency might like you to report for duty on March 10, you aren’t required to do so.


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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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