Q & A Session – FERS Supplement


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 am receiving the FERS supplement. I retired in 2006 at the age of 55. I was considered law enforcement.

The supplement ends the month before age 62 (when I am eligible for Social Security benefits). Since I was “forced” to retire because of my law enforcement status, I would like to know if there are any provisions to extend the FERS supplement to age 66 (when I receive full Social Security benefits).


No. The FERS supplement only goes to age 62. There are no exceptions. In fact, the FERS supplement is a benefit that some in Congress seek to eliminate. Enjoy it while you can.

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.

1 Comment

  1. I have one year and 7 months until i turn 60, I have over 27 years, so at 60 I could leave and no penalty, if a VER is not offered is there any way to get a discontinued retirement, APWU has a 50 mile limit, My APWU union office expires in Feb 2013, is that a reason to discontinue, then i have no super seniority after that.

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