Q. I’m a FERS employee covered under the law enforcement officer/firefighter provision. I have 25 years of service and have reached my minimum retirement age. If I get fired for misconduct, can they deny me my firefighter retirement benefit?
A. According to the Office of Personnel Management, “FERS law enforcement officers and firefighters may retire voluntarily or involuntarily (except by removal for cause on charges of misconduct or delinquency).” Whether your misconduct will bar you from retiring under the LEO provisions is something your agency will have to decide. If there is any question about that, they can check with OPM.