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Reemployed Annuitants


Generally speaking, the treatment of a retiree's annuity and pay upon reemployment in the Federal Government depends upon whether he or she retired on the basis of a regular, involuntary, or disability retirement. Potential benefits that may be earned as a result of the reemployment service depend primarily on the length of such service.

Some details on Reemployed Annuitants may be found in a PDF file at OPM's Web Site by clicking here.

If you have questions regarding how this can affect you, feel free to post the quesitons here. Or perhaps you have been through this process before and can offer some helpful suggestions...please share.

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MilkandGin  
#1 Posted : Monday, July 19, 2021 4:17:23 PM(UTC)
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As stated above, I worked for the government for 5.5 years before having a head injury, leading me to resign during 2013. I immediately applied for FERS disability retirement, which was approved more than a year later during September 2014. When I resigned, I was a GS-11 Step 3 on the Rest of U.S. locality. I was 30 years old, but am now 37–well under 62.

I am interviewing for a job now. The job was advertised at GS-7 (no range). The full performance level is GS-12. They limited the no. of applications they would accept so I didn’t make the certificate. I found out the name of the office director, backward engineered to find out her email address, then submitted my application package (124 pages, with a ton of work samples) in a well-bookmarked PDF to her via email, requesting Schedue A consideration. Called me today to schedule an interview.

A GS-7, Step 10 in Seattle earns about $9,000/year more than 80% of my former high 3’s. I would be starting in the middle of the year. Even if they were to hire me at as a GS-7, Step 10 and I started immediately, my annual earnings from money other than my annuity would be about $29,000.

Does OPM documentation really mean to state that if I was to accept the job and move to Seattle, a city far more expensive than Dallas, where I currently live in an efficiency, my annuity would stop completely beginning on the date of hire? If so, if I was to accept, as a hypothetical, a GS-4 positioning earning $24,000/year, would I lose my annuity then as well?

I emailed OPM about this, and they said I would lose my annuity 6 months into the first year after I claim 80% of my high-3’s. That’s not what I’m reading from OPM documents.

Also, is an offset just a semantic for ending an annuity?


GWPDA  
#2 Posted : Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:00:00 AM(UTC)
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I cannot tell you specifically about how this works - but I can say that you need to pursue your answers in OPM up the ladder as far as you can. OPM has been badly treated over the last several years, particularly in education and training and particularly in the more obscure elements of OPM rules. It took me more than six months to get OPM to follow its own published rules - just saying. Keep trying.
Navy Bubblehead  
#3 Posted : Friday, July 23, 2021 6:33:52 AM(UTC)
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That's kinda how disability works. When you recover and go back to work, you lose the disability.
MilkandGin  
#4 Posted : Sunday, August 8, 2021 10:39:25 AM(UTC)
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That’s actually not at all how FERS retirement works, Navy Bobblehead.
MilkandGin  
#5 Posted : Sunday, August 8, 2021 10:43:30 AM(UTC)
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There are also exception, e.g., under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2004, annuitants reemployed by Department of Defense are not “employees” under Chapters 83 and 84 of Title 5 (retirement). Therefore, they do not pay into FERS and do not lose their FERS/CSRS annuities upon reemployed by.

I have heard that OPM has the legal authority to grant other agencies permission to hire annuitants without affecting their annuities, regardless of pay, but have not seen any examples of where that is the case. I thought maybe the V.A.
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