Q & A Session – Retiring Through Discontinued Service


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 57 years old with 30 years of federal service. I was placed on a PIP for receiving a rating of “1” on one of five critical elements. There is now a proposal to remove me from federal service. I have a hearing scheduled; if removed, will I be eligible to retire through discontinued service?


Yes, provided you are removed under authority of Chapter 43 of the Civil Service Reform Act, you may retire with 25 years of service at any age or 20 years if you are over the age of 50. 

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. He should be eligible to file for immediate retirement under MRA+30. That way, he doesn’t have to go through the painful removal process and hope they get his DSR right.

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