Q. I retired from the Postal Service approximately eight years ago after 11 years of service to pursue other aspirations. I am curious about the chance and opportunity to be reinstated. I am nearing age 40 and would like to get back into a solid foundation.

I worked as a distribution clerk and a window clerk, but would really like to move into a position, if allowed, that deals with the mechanics of the machines and computers since I was doing that work there, as well. Who would I be able to contact for information regarding my query?

Is there any other information that you could provide me with? If so, what would it be?

A. You didn’t retire from the USPS at age 31 with 10 years of service; you resigned. Assuming that you left on good terms with your former employer, you could start by checking with them to see what positions are currently open there. You can also check the Postal Service’s employment website at


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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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