Q. Hi, I have just retired under FERS after 34.5 years at the U.S. Postal Service. I understand that Social Security will penalize me if I earn more than $17,640 per year. I know they take $1 for every $3 that I earn over that amount. Do I just lose that money?
Q. My wife is receiving a state pension plus Social Security. I have a CSRS pension. If I were to die, will she be able to collect the 55 percent survivor benefits with no penalty along with her Social Security and state pension?
Q. I recently turned 62. Four years ago, I had my disability retirement approved by the United States Postal Service. Unfortunately, Social Security did not approve my disability and I didn’t receive any monthly benefit until I turned 62 and that was at the non-disability dollar rate. Does my USPS disability retirement monthly annuity increase to what a voluntary immediate retirement is? And, since I turned 62 several months ago, will the Office of Personnel Management process a lump sum payment to cover those several months?
Q. I retired as a master sergeant in the Army with 25 years of active-duty service. I currently collect my Army retirement check and disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have been a FERS GG-12 for nine years. I believe I can buy back my military retirement time with interest and that would be added to my civilian FERS time. When do I have to relinquish my military retirement check: when I retire into FERS or when I have bought back my time?
Q. I chose an insurable interest annuity when I retired in 1998. I have since separated (never married this individual) and I just found out they have married. How can I stop this insurable interest annuity and will I be able to stop my deductions from my monthly retirement check? I was a Department of Defense CSRS employee.
Q. I’m not sure I’m tracking with the explanations of how part-time employment impacts retirement. I plan to retire at age 62 with 10 years of government service. I may have an opportunity to forego retirement and work three days per week with the same agency. If I choose to accept that offer, how will it impact my retirement?