Q: I am CSRS, FAA, 55, and fully eligible to retire. If there were to be a memo proposing disciplinary action (something serious like an adverse action as a huge suspension or removal), is there anything that prevents me from just retiring at that time? Or can my retirement papers be denied and I get fired? I have no disciplinary past.
A: A proposal to suspend or remove a federal employee is just that: a proposal. The agency is required to grant the employee a reasonable amount of time to respond, both in writing and orally, to the proposal, and may not make a decision before hearing these replies, or before the time allowed to respond expires. If an employee, after receiving a proposed suspension or removal, decides he or she would rather retire than respond to the proposal, then there is nothing preventing the employee from doing so, as long as the employee meets the eligibility requirements for retirement.
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