Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Law enforcement job, other jobs and retirement at 50

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Q. I am an 1811 criminal investigator with 21 years of covered law enforcement service. I am 48. Have I locked in my law enforcement retirement such that I can pursue another noncovered federal job while maintaining the option to retire when I turn 50?

A. If you resign from the government, you wouln’t be able to apply for an LEO annuity until you reach your minimum retirement age, which for you would be 56. On the other hand, if you moved into a non-covered position, you could retire any time after you reach age 50.

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