Returning to work


Q. I took deferred retirement after six years and eight months as a GS-13 Step 10. I didn’t take a buyout or collect any retirement money. What are my opportunities to get back in government?

A. There is nothing that prevents you from being rehired. You’ll just have to find a position that fits your skills and experience and apply for it. You might start by checking with your former agency. You can also go online at, the federal government’s official job site, and see what positions agencies are trying to fill.


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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


  1. I am a USAF Military Retiree (21 years, 2 months). I am currently a GS-09 Step 2 with 6 years as a federal employee. I am researching to find as much information as I can in regards to applying for the deferred retirement. Am I eligible to apply and which application form(s) are required? How long does it typically take to have the deferred retirement application process completed? Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

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