Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Special retirement supplement eligibility

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Q. I am a FERS employee with 20 years service at age 59. If I retire now, will I be eligible for the special retirement supplement when I turn 60, or must I still be working to qualify?

A. If you retired at age 59 with 20 years of service, you’d be doing so under the MRA+10 provision (minimum retirement age with 10 to 29 years of service). Not only would your annuity be reduced by 5 percent per year (5/12 percent per month) that you were under age 62, but you wouldn’t be entitled to the special retirement supplement.

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