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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.


    • It depends on the terms of the shutdown. In the past employees changed with essential duties, such as public safety, law enforcement and national defense, have been paid while others have not. On the other hand, retirees continued to receive their annuities and Social Security benefits because these are paid out of trust funds.

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