Q & A Session – Losing Retirement Because Placed on a PIP


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I have 18 years of federal service and was just placed on a PIP. Will this cause me to lose my CSRS retirement?


Your annuity is not threatened by a PIP, even if you are fired because you fail the PIP. Also, if you are fired for performance, you have enough years of service to retire and appeal to the MSPB at the same time.


Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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