Q. I have been working under FERS. I plan to retire in 13 years at age 67. Before coming to work for the government, I worked in the private sector and paid into the Social Security system for over 30 years. Will I receive both a full FERS and a full Social Security benefit when I retire?
A. Yes. You’ll receive a FERS annuity based on your years of FERS-covered employment and, because you will have reached your full Social Security retirement age, a Social Security benefit based on all your Social Security-covered employment.
I am a 67 year-old letter carrier with an aplication for immediate retirement. I have medical issues that have kept me out of work since January. I have completed most of my Blue Book paperwork but I’m having trouble completing the sections involving my FERS and FEGLI. I don’t have the time for a formal counseling session as OPM said that they are backed up through December. Are there on-line seminars offered that would be similar or does the NALC offer help? I’ve been using my sick leave up to this point, but have about 4 months remaining to use. My doctor says that working as a letter carrier is no longer an option because of the physical requirements of the job. Do you have any suggestions going forward?
Unfortunately, I don’t know of any on-line seminars or other sources of help. Maybe one of our readers does and will share that information with you.
I’ve been a NARFE member for several years, and they have a federal benefits specialist that may be able to provide additional information.
It’s worth a try.