Q. I’m 63 years old with 17 years with the federal government. Can I lose my pension if I get fired for misconduct? A. No, you can’t. Under 5 U.S. Code 8312, employees can only lose their pension if they are convicted of such offenses as gathering or delivering defense information to a foreign government, treason, insurrection, sedition, conspiracy or advocating the overthrow of the government.
Q. If I am involuntarily separated because of my performance with a SCD date of 9/22/90 at the age of 62, will I be able to retire? A. Yes. That’s because any federal employee who is at least 62 years old and has at least five years of creditable service can retire and receive an annuity.
Q. I have been a DHS officer for 13 years under FERS. If I am terminated for policy violations and do not request a refund of my retirement contributions, will I be entitled to a partial pension at age 62? If so, will my sick leave count as more months of service? What happens to my annual leave?
Q. I have been on leave without pay since October 2014, and my employer just terminated me Sept. 1, 2016, but is offering me a severance package. Why are they now saying they have to look in the archive manual timecards to calculate my severance, if no monies were paid to me since then?