Q & A Session – Retirement and the Buyout


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 35 years of service with the U.S. Postal Service. I am under CSRS, 63 years old, and looking to retire soon. If I submit my paperwork now and then a buyout is offered before my retirement date, will I be able to take advantage of the buyout, or should I wait until the buyout is offered before I submit my paperwork?


You should wait until the buyout is offered. If you announce early, your agency can simply deny the buyout.

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

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