Q & A: Termination and Retirement


Q: If a 17-year vested federal law enforcement officer has his TS security clearance revoked and in turn is terminated, does he still get his retirement at 62?

A: In most circumstances, yes. Termination from federal employment does not affect an employee’s annuity or retirement pay. However, a federal employee loses his or her annuity if he or she is convicted of certain crimes codified in 5 U.S.C. § 8312. These crimes are narrowly tailored, concerning acts of disloyalty to the United States. For example, 5 U.S.C. § 8312 lists the crimes of treason, sabotage, espionage, and insurrection.


This case law update was written by Michael J. Sgarlat, Associate Attorney*, Shaw Bransford & Roth, PC.

*Not admitted in D.C.  Admitted only in the State of Maryland.  Practicing in the District of Columbia under the supervision of Debra L. Roth, Julia H. Perkins and Christopher J. Keeven while application for admission is pending per Rule 49(c)(8) of the D.C. Court of Appeals.

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