Reinstatement after retirement


Q. I retired in January with 38.4 years of Postal Service EAS service, too early. In February, my doctor changed my blood pressure medication, and it was like the fog had lifted. I realized I made the biggest mistake of my life. I’ve called Shared Services, OPM, our human resources department multiple times for reinstatement with the same response of no, except one person from OPM indicating I could return and suspend my retirement. I am desperate. Using the medication sounds like a poor excuse except for the fact that my actions were so out of character for me.

A. It’s up to your agency to decide if it wants to reemploy you. If it doesn’t, there’s nothing you can do about it. If it does, the salary of your new position would be offset by the amount of your annuity.


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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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