Q. I’m 51 years old with 26 years of service and would like to retire because of health conditions. I’ve heard some activities are getting offered Voluntary Early Retirement Authority but haven’t heard anything from my own activity. How can I get offered a VERA? Can I apply for it somewhere? Is there a list of activities that are currently offering VERA?

A. You can’t “get offered a VERA” nor can you “apply for it.” If your agency is granted the right to offer a VERA, it will notify everyone who is eligible. If you are one of those, you can take advantage of the offer.


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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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