Browsing: Special retirement supplement

Q: I served as an Air National Guard full-time WG-12 technician from March 1993 until January 2003 when I became medically ineligible to serve in the military capacity that is a prerequisite to holding a job as a civil service technician. I performed the same duties when doing military time as I did as a FERS employee but was given an OPM disability retirement because I lost my military status. I learned today that there is a special retirement supplement to disability payments for law enforcement and military reserve technicians which is intended to bridge the income gap until Social…

Q: I am a FERS law enforcement federal employee with 22 years in and eligible to retire. I am supposed to receive an OPM supplement of approximately $800 a month. I understand that I start receiving the supplement when OPM finally determines (in six to 12 months) the correct amount of my retirement. Do I get back pay on approximately $5,000 to $10,000 of the supplement, or do I lose the $800 a month until OPM decides to process my retirement? A: The special retirement supplement, like any shortage caused by receiving an interim, rather than final, annuity, will be…

Q: I am an air traffic controller with the DoD. I will reach 20 years of service at age 59 years and 2 months. As an air traffic controller, I will face mandatory retirement. 1) Since I will not be eligible for Social Security, are there benefit programs available to me to bridge the gap from mandatory retirement to Social Security? 2) Will my civil service government pension impact the amount I receive from Social Security? 3) I draw a military retirement pension; will this pension impact my Social Security benefits? A: You will receive the special retirement supplement, which…

Q: I retired Sept. 29, 2010, under discontinued service as a National Guard Technician and am eligible for an immediate annuity. My military service was from September 1977 through April 1984 (6 ½ years) and my tech service time was from Aug. 11, 1985, through Sept. 29, 2010 (just over 25 years). My military time has been bought back. I was born in 1959 and was 51 years old and 3 months when I retired. Will I get the FERS supplement? A: Yes, you’ll be eligible for the special retirement supplement when you reach your minimum retirement age, which is 56.…

Q: I retire from the bureau of prisons as a correctional officer in two years. My entire 20 years will be as a guard. When I retire, I will be 54 years old. Under the special law enforcement provision of Social Security, am I entitled to a partial draw from Social Security at age 54? A: Assuming that you are a law enforcement officer and are covered under the special provision that allows you retire at age 50 with 20 years of service, you would immediately be entitled to the special retirement supplement. The SRS approximates the Social Security benefit…

Q: I read your column faithfully in Fed Times and I have some questions concerning the special retirement supplement I am receiving along with my FERS annuity. I retired under the special 6(c) law enforcement retirement (I had reached the age of 57) on Dec 31, 2009. I just received a 2010 Annuity Supplement Earnings Report from OPM today in the mail. Your May 16th column suggests that I may fall under one of the exceptions. I did begin working again in 2010 for the state police, which does not participate or deduct Social Security. Can you provide some guidance…

Q: Since I’ve been buying back my 20 years of military service toward a FERS retirement, would I qualify for the MRA (56.5 years old) and would at least 10 years of federal service actually equal 30 years of total service for calculations on the SRS? Or would the system only use the 10 years of federal service and MRA, which according to your column would disqualify me for SRS? A: Only actual civilian service is used when calculating the special retirement supplement. Therefore, if you retired at your MRA with at least 30 years of service (actual service and…

Q: I am a retired FERS law enforcement officer collecting the FERS supplement. I am also an independent contractor for the State Department conducting security background investigations. Am I bound by the annual limit you can make from earned wages? The 2010 limit is $14,160. I made almost $19,800. I thought that when I retired FERS law enforcement supplemental pay had no limit. Please advise, and what happens now? A: You were mistaken. The Social Security earnings limit applies to everyone who is receiving a Social Security benefit and hasn’t reached full retirement age (65-67, depending on the year of…

Q: I was recently offered voluntary early retirement from the U.S. Postal Service. I have 30 1/2 years of credible service, I am under the Federal Employees Retirement System, and I am 51 years old. I am also considered a reduction-in-force employee because our district office has been closed. Do I qualify for the special retirement supplement? A: You would be eligible for the special retirement supplement when you reach your minimum retirement age, which is 56.

Q: My wife could receive an offer to retire early sometime this year because of budget cuts. She is 57 years old and has 27 years of federal service under the Federal Employees Retirement System. She will receive the FERS annuity supplement supplement until she is 62. Will she have to start taking her Social Security benefits at age 62 because she is receiving the annuity supplement, or can she hold off taking her Social Security until a later date? A: While the special retirement supplement ends at age 62, there is no requirement that a retiree apply for a…

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