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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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#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 23, 2015 6:47:12 AM(UTC)

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I am a reemployed annuitant with 30 years prior civil service in the Air Force Reserves. Upon hiring into the FAA I was told that I am not eligible for Life Insurance coverage because I did not have Federal Life insurance in my previous job, I did however use SGLI for my coverage.
One stipulation is that had I been separated from civil service for more than 6 months I would be eligible for Federal Life Insurance upon reemployment with the FAA. I was in retirement status for 4 months when I accepted the position with the FAA. Doesn’t seem quite right that 2 months would be a significant factor in denying access to this important benefit.

Note, I was involuntarily retired due to HYT at 56 years old.
#2 Posted : Saturday, October 31, 2015 6:49:44 PM(UTC)

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The rule exists to prevent adverse selection--i.e., people likely to die soon signing up. Why exactly 180 days and not 90 days or one year, that I do not know. A break in service of 180 days or more cancels the waiver of FEGLI (which you must have made in your previous job). Under 180 days, the waiver is not cancelled.
(You say this is an important benefit, and I agree, but from MetLife's perspective, if you thought it was so important, you should have had it at your last job.)

You can, though, apply to have the waiver rescinded to allow you to enroll, subject to medical underwriting. Here's the form: https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf2822.pdf
A qualifying life event would also let you enroll.

Lastly, it just so happens that there is a FEGLI open season next September (2016), with coverage effective October 2017.
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