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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.


  1. Paul S. Lambres RR 001, Sonoma, CA on

    Hi Reg, Merry Christmas! Thank you for your continued diligence in helping us knuckleheads out with these sometimes goofy questions.
    I am retiring from the USPS on February 16, 2018. I am a rural carrier and will go with the max in annual leave. I keep hearing different answers to this question: When do I receive the lump sum payment? I have heard it will be on the last paycheck (dated Feb 23, 2018). I have also heard it can be a separate check up to a month later. Perhaps both these answers are true. What is the criteria that determines the method? Thank you very much for your answer.

    • There is no general rule for when lump sum payments are made. You’ll have to check with your payroll office to find out what method they are using.

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