Retirement (FAQ)



Whoever told you that is correct, here’s the OPM fact sheet that lays it all out but it only differentiates between pay status (which you are in) and non-pay status (which impacts your retirement, leave, etc.)

I believe there are 2 separate issues here. 1. yes you are in a paid status and receive service credit and 2. What percentage you get of the 1.7 or 1% for the year due to the lwop. I seem to remember some people in my facility who worked 3 days and took 2 lwop and were told they old got 60% credit towards their retirement % and a full years service credit


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To be in non pay status you have to be not be in pay status for the entire pay period, but all that means is some benefits don’t get stopped. Eg: you can’t contribute to tsp if you make no pay (non pay status), but that just means you and the govt only contribute based on what you actually were paid. Except for pay/non-pay status, all non-pay hours are aggregate for the year.

leave is different; lwop accumulates on a revolving 80 hr basis for the leave year, regardless of when it’s taken. Every time 80 hrs is accumulated, no leave is earned for that pay period. 79 hrs lwop / year = no leave lost.

for retirement/ scd time, as long as you work 6 months a year, there is no loss of time, like losing a year of creditable service for retirement.

life insurance continues for 12 months of non pay status without extra cost. Must of 4 consecutive months of pay status to reset that timer. Health insurance is the same, except you owe the premium.


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Does anyone know how the requirement to retire at 56 works? Do you legitimately have to retire on your 56th birthday?
You're not able to maintain currency and work live traffic after the month you turn 56. If your 56th birthday is February 10, 2021, your mandatory retirement date is February 28, 2021. This includes CPCs and Supervisors.
Support specialists, Ops managers, ATMs don't have the mandatory retirement date, but are still restricted from working any live traffic following the month they turn 56.
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