By Reg Jones
June 7th, 2011 | RETIREMENT
Q: I am a FERS employee of DHS. I entered duty in May 1994 as a 6(C) Law Enforcement Coverage employee — job series GS 1801-5 (before my 37th birthday). In October 1995, I transferred to a non-6(C) position and was promoted to GS 1801-12 (7 years). In October 2002 I was back to a 6(C)-covered GS1801-12 position. Since early 2004 to now I am under the 6(C) coverage and have moved up to GS 1801-14. I have seven years of non-6(C) coverage; am I subjected to the mandatory retirement at age of 57?
A: No. According to OPM, “If the law enforcement officer or firefighter attains the standard mandatory separation age and has not yet completed the required 20 years of service under the special provisions, he or she must be separated on the last day of the month in which he or she completes the 20 years of service.”
July 30th, 2010 | Uncategorized
Q: I will have completed 20 years under the Federal Employees Retirement System in mid-2015 at the age of 58. Because I wish to continue contributing to and receiving Federal Employees Health Benefit, I do not want to go the deferred annuity route. If I retire with 20 years service at age 58, will I be able to receive my annuity and the special supplement until age 62? If so, will I be able to work in a private sector job and still receive my annuity and supplement?
A: You aren’t eligible to retire. Unless you are a law enforcement officer, firefighter or air traffic controller, the earliest you could retire with 20 years of service would be age 60. You would then be eligible for the special retirement supplement. However, if your earnings from wages or self employment exceeded the Social Security annual earnings limit, your SRS would be reduced or eliminated.