Browsing: CSRS

Q & A Session – Possible Involuntary Separation Due to Reorganization

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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. Q: What are the rules and regulations regarding an organization doing a major reorganization with the possibility of involuntary separation? What are my rights? If I am 50 with over 30 years of experience, should I retire now or find another job until I reach age 55? If my job is abolished under CSRS, would I receive a 2 percent penalty each year until I reach 55? A: You ask a…

Q & A Session – Losing Retirement Because Placed on a PIP

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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. Q: I have 18 years of federal service and was just placed on a PIP. Will this cause me to lose my CSRS retirement? A: Your annuity is not threatened by a PIP, even if you are fired because you fail the PIP. Also, if you are fired for performance, you have enough years of service to retire and appeal to the MSPB at the same time. Bill Bransford is…

Q & A Session – Court Order Allocating Retirement Benefit

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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. Q: I am a CSRS employee and looking to retire next year. I am divorced and wanted to know how to find out if I have any court judgments filed against my federal retirement? A: A court order can allocate a retirement benefit from the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) as a result of a divorce.  The court order must expressly direct the U. S.…

Q & A Session – Losing a Government Annuity

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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. Q: If a federal employee who has worked for the government for over 20 years loses his or her security clearance and is forced to leave the position, will the employee lose his or her FERS or CSRS annuity? A: No, not necessarily. The only basis for a federal employee to lose an annuity is a conviction for crimes related to treason, espionage or sabotage. The simple loss of a clearance,…