Q. I’m a former federal employee. I received a buyout when I left three years ago. Can I be rehired on a term-appointment basis without paying back that $25,000? A. No. According to OPM: “An employee who receives a VSIP and later accepts employment for compensation with the government of the United States within 5 years of the date of the separation on which the VSIP is based, including work under a personal services contract or other direct contract, must repay the entire amount of the VSIP to the agency that paid it – before the individual’s first day of reemployment.”
Q. I’m a 58-year-old FERS retiree who worked as a GS-1811. Can I be rehired as a GS-391? A. Yes, if you meet the qualification requirements. However, as a rule the salary of your new position would be reduced by the amount of your annuity. On top of that, your special retirement supplement would be reduced or stopped because of the annual Social Security earnings limitation. In 2019, that limit is $17,640.
Q. I’m a FERS employee who is thinking of retiring and wondering if there is anything that precludes me from retiring one day and coming back to work as a federal employee the next? A. If you met the age and service requirements to retire on an immediate annuity, your annuity would continue; however, the salary of your new position would be offset by the amount of that annuity. Further, any lump-sum payment for unused annual leave you received would have to be returned to your former agency. Note: If you received a buyout payment, that money would also have…
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?
Q. I retired on July 1 of this year after 42 years. I decided I would rather work. Will I return at the same level?
Q. I left government service in 1981 and withdrew my retirement funds. I then re-entered government in 1991 under CSRS and retired in 2009. I am paying back the withdrawn funds every month out of my annuity. How long will they take out these funds from my retirement? It will be 10 years in January 2019. I have been told by others that it will be 10 years, then the money will be put toward my retirement annuity.
Q. I’m a CSRS retiree and am thinking about returning to civil service. I’m 63 years old and am uncertain how re-employment will affect my retirement and health benefits. Will I lose all of my retirement benefits? Will I have to relinquish my health benefit and select another health insurance coverage?
Q. What impact does USERRA have on the high-3 calculation? For instance, please consider a hypothetical situation in which a civilian employee/military reservist earned annual income from his civilian federal agency of $96,000 one year, then $98,000 the next and then is making $100,000 when called to active duty at the end of the next year. He is activated for two years, during which time the GS scale gets annual 3 percent increases across the board. He comes back and works a final year, pays his military deposit, then retires after another 3 percent increase gives him an entire year…
Q. I am a FERS employee who retired on a VERA. I was rehired five years later. My pension is subtracted from my pay. When I retire again, will all of my money be considered or just what I receive minus the pension?
Q. If I retire from the federal government under CSRS, can I go to work for the United States Postal Service?