Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Involuntary relocation

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Q. I am a GS-15 in the Department of the Air Force in San Antonio. My parent office in D.C. is relocating all field representatives (there are nine of us) back to the National Capital Region. I am 57½ years old and have more than 13 years of service. I know I am always eligible for MRA + 10 retirement, but do I have other options? If I can retire and not lose the 5 percent per year, I would seriously consider this. There is also a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority window still open to me, I believe.

A. Unfortunately, if you don’t relocate, your only options are to find another job in the D.C. area or retire under the MRA+10 provision. Because you don’t have at least 20 years of service, you aren’t eligible for a VERA.

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