Q & A Session – Does Clearance Denial affect Eligibility for MRA+10?


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 will soon be eligible for MRA+10 years since I will be 56. My security clearance renewal is May 2012. If my clearance is denied, am I still eligible for the MRA+10?


Losing a clearance will not affect your MRA+10 early (and reduced) annuity rights. In fact, the loss of a job solely because you lose a clearance (without evidence of misconduct or delinquency) may entitle you to discontinued service retirement if you are age 50 with 20 years of service or 25 years of service at any age.

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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