Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Disability retirement and part-time work

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Q. I am retired through a federal disability retirement system. Can I work for a state or local agency without it affecting my disability status or annuity payments? The job is part time; will not go over the 80 percent rule of income; and is totally different from the job I had when I was approved for federal disability.

A. Yes, as long as you don’t exceed the 80 percent limit and your reports in response to requests from the Office of Personnel Management don’t reveal that you’ve sufficiently recovered from your disabling condition to no longer be considered disabled.

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