By Reg Jones
March 3rd, 2014 | Uncategorized
Q. I am a retired navy reservist and have been a civil servant since 2003. In 2003, I prepared a package of my active time and submitted it to the Navy and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, following the proper procedures. I submitted a check for the full amount that was in the package.
The package, approved by the Navy and DFAS, included several DD Forms 214 and many Active duty days (regular annual 2 week periods plus additional active duty time). Excluded were regular reserve weekend drills. I paid in full for the time calculated by the Navy and DFAS. My service computation date was adjusted per the package.
Now, the HR department where I work (Veterans Affairs) has reopened the package and wants to disallow all active duty days not covered by a DD Form 214. Meaning, disregard all other active duty days.
What active type days are creditable for retirement in the civil service? Read the rest of this entry »
Q. I am currently a DoD employee with prior military service as well as time with USPS. My service computation date was adjusted to reflect my prior military time. Am I allowed credit for the time I was with USPS. If so, how is that time computed/reflected? Read the rest of this entry »
March 3rd, 2014 | RETIREMENT
Q. I am covered by FERS retirement and plan to retire at the end of 2014. I am a Wage Grade employee paid on a bi-weekly basis. Our 26th pay period for 2014 starts on December 28 of 2014 and ends on January 10 of 2015. I am considering my retirement date as December 31, 2014. My question is will my lump sum payment for annual leave be counted as taxable wages for 2014 or will it count in the 2015 tax year? Not completing the 26th pay period for leave credit purposes or full pay is not an issue. My only concern is in which year will my lump sum payment for my annual leave be taxed? I want to avoid having the lump sum payment counted as taxable wages in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
Q. I joined the federal government on Dec. 19, 1983, under CSRS and later switched to FERS in January 1988. No social security was paid in from 1984 to 1987. I am planning to retire now, and this is my first and last job in the federal government.
Will my 4 years of service under CSRS ( 1984-1987) will be credited to FERS? Read the rest of this entry »
March 3rd, 2014 | CSRS annuity computation
Q. My husband and I were both hit with reductions in force (RIFs) in 1997 due to base realignments, and while I managed to return to civil service, he did not. Both of us were on CSRS, and I am still covered by CSRS.
Is there any way we can accurately determine what his CSRS benefits would be in advance of applying for retirement? And how do we apply for CSRS retirement when there’s been such a long break in service? Read the rest of this entry »
Q. I am 62 and have 7 years of service under FERS. My disabilities have worsened, and I must retire fairly soon. I have some other income from a state pension that will help while I apply for SSDI, but I need to know when would be the best time to retire. I do not believe my retirement will amount to more than enough to cover my life and health insurance with a little to spare according to a recent retirement estimate I received from HR. So given that, is there a particular day of the month, being paid bi-weekly, when I should set for my retirement date? Read the rest of this entry »
Q. I am considering filing for VA disability for a military injury that occurred in a parachute jump during airborne training. This was 22 years ago. I did have a severely broken ankle requiring surgery. Now I have arthritis in that ankle as well as severe knee degenerative joint disease that may require knee replacement in the same leg.
I have some concerns:
1. I never retired from active duty. I will receive a reserve retirement at age 60, however. I never applied for military disability retirement (was doing OK at that time).
2. I joined the federal service and “bought back” my military years for FERS credit (19 years). Did over 5 yrs in Veterans Affairs, so I became eligible for a deferred FERS retirement that I will elect to take at 60. Evidently, I can collect both reserve retirement and FERS without any reduction in either (I verified this).
3. If I apply for VA disability benefits (I am 50), and they are granted, will any reduction occur to either military or FERS retirement benefits? Would I lose either?
4. How does having an injury during “hazardous duty” affect me personally in terms of benefits? Read the rest of this entry »
Q. I worked for the USPS from 1989 – 1999 as a full time Clerk. Will I get a retirement pension of benefit in the future? When it will be and how much monthly payment I can get? Read the rest of this entry »
February 28th, 2014 | CSRS annuity computation
Q. I am CSRS offset and can retire later this year. I have two questions.
1) As someone who works on a regular basis on Sunday and receives Sunday premium pay, is this premium pay part of calculations for my retirement annuity?
2) I spent 10 months in Iraq as a US Corps of Engineers civilian army employee. One adviser told me that my hazardous/combat pay counts towards my high-3 for retirement purposes. Another adviser said the opposite. Which is true?
Q. I am a federal retiree returning to work. I have been offered a term position not to exceed thirteen months. Would accepting this position reduce or stop my present annuity?
February 27th, 2014 | SOCIAL SECURITY
Q. Is there an age where you stop paying social security even if you are still working? Read the rest of this entry »
February 27th, 2014 | RETIREMENT
Q. I am retiring as a GS employee. I have 240 hours of annual leave, and I have been on the night shift for one month. Will I be credit for the night differential for the full 240 hrs?
Q. I’m a 37 year old federal law enforcement agent Series 1811. I have a medical condition that has affected my vision and likely cannot be corrected to the standards required by my agency without lengthy, involved treatment. Even though my eyesight has never affected my job, I qualify expert with my weapon and they are sending me to firearms instructor training, even as they say my eyesight is horrible. If in fact, the doctors tell me that I can’t correct my eyesight enough, will my agency force me into medical retirement? Can they give me another job? Do they have to keep paying me at my current pay rate? I’m a GS-12 with 15+ years combined federal service and active military time (which I have bought back).
February 27th, 2014 | Military service deposits
Q. I have 15 years of active duty military service and no reserve service. I have been selected for a job with the State Department with a GS paygrade. I plan on buying back my active duty military time.
My question is this: If I decide at a later date to go into the reserves, can I still use my 15 years of active duty toward a reserve retirement or is it no longer usable once I buy it back for my federal civilian retirement?
Q. Can I retire with 26 years of service if I’m 56 years old? I am under FERS. If so, is there any penalty? Read the rest of this entry »
February 26th, 2014 | FERS annuity computation
Q. I will be retiring on March 31, 2014. Will my new salary since our 1% increase in January be one of the high-3 salary rates that my annuity will be based on?
February 26th, 2014 | Eligibility
Q. I plan to retire from a covered 6C law enforcement officer position and collect my pension annuity. Will I be able to be re-employed at a non-covered, non-LEO position and collect a salary and previous pension together? If so, what are the specific criteria so as to not “double-dip”?
February 26th, 2014 | Disability retirement
Q. My husband has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. His doctors believe he was affected at least three years prior to retirement. Several of his colleagues knew something was wrong. They informed me he was forced to retire. His supervisor forced his retirement. His doctor knows he should have retired based on disability. How can I proceed?
Q. I’m a GS employee with over 5 years of time in under FERS and I’m also a military reservist. I have no prior active-duty service, but I am considering leaving my civilian job to join the active-duty military. If I did that but did not accrue the 20 years required for a military pension, could I buy back these military years after I finished serving and use them towards my deferred FERS annuity even if I never returned to a government civilian job?
February 25th, 2014 | FERS annuity computation
Q. When I retire at 56 I will have 33 years in but was born Jan. 6, 1965. Is there a way I can get the 1.7 percent retirement?