Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Social Security disability and special retirement supplement

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Q. I retired from the Postal Service with 27 years on Jan. 31. Due to a medical condition, I applied for Social Security disability in October and was approved in December for benefits to begin this month. I am 61 and will be 62 in August. Will I still be eligible to receive the special retirement supplement for seven months under FERS? If so, will it affect my disability payments? One is paid from the Office of Personnel Management and the other from Social Security.

A. According to OPM, you will be eligible for the special retirement supplement even though you will also be receiving a Social Security disability benefit. That wouldn’t be true if you were receiving a disability annuity under FERS. FERS disability retirees aren’t eligible for the special retirement supplement.

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