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2015 COLA Update

Federal retirees in the CSRS and FERS retirement systems may receive a COLA increase of 2% or more in 2015. Complete COLA information is available on this site. Active federal employee's pay may increase 3% in 2015 if administration's request is accepted by Congress.  

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Many job opportunities are available for federal retirees − and those planning to retire soon − to earn additional income in retirement. Our Jobs Board has updated listings targeted to federal retirees. Many companies seek out retired federal employees due to their government experience and contacts. You can also explore high paying opportunities for those that hold current Security Clearances.  





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Updated 7/19/2014



There are opportunities for retirees to return to federal service under the rehired annuitant program. In most cases you will keep your full annuity however your new federal salary will be reduced by the amount of your annuity for most retirees. The salary reduction is waived for certain critical occupations.

It is important to note that federal retirees can go back to work in the private sector without any impact on their federal annuity. You will continue to receive your full annuity and all benefits if you decide to work in the private sector after you retiree from federal service.

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FERS Rehired Annuitant Guidance



Reemployment in the federal sector may affect your annuitant status and whether you will continue to receive annuity during and after the period of employment.

Annuity Stops 

Reemployment will cause your annuity to stop if -

  1. You are a disability annuitant whom OPM has found recovered or restored to earning capacity prior to reemployment;
  2.  You are a disability annuitant who was not disabled for your National Guard Technician position but were awarded disability annuity because you were medically disqualified for continued membership in the National Guard;

Annuity Continues

If your annuity does not stop under the above conditions, then you will continue to receive it while working. Your pay will be reduced by the amount of annuity paid for the period you work. If you do not work full time, the reduction in pay will be adjusted proportionately. However, some pay is not subject to this reduction for annuity. Pay is not reduced for annuity for a period during which you have elected to receive injury compensation benefits in lieu of annuity or when you receive a lump-sum payment of annual leave on separation. Unless your reemployment is on an intermittent basis, retirement deductions will be withheld from your pay. The retirement deductions are a percentage of your basic pay, before it is reduced for annuity.


Not all of the above rules apply to all reemployed annuitants. If you are reemployed -

  1. Under special provisions for positions for which there is exceptional difficulty in recruiting or retaining a qualified employee or there is a direct threat to life or property, or other unusual circumstances warranting emergency employment;
  2.  On an interim basis, as a consequence of an administrative or judicial body reviewing the grounds for your separation; or
  3.  Under another retirement system for Federal employees

Part Time Reemployment Opportunities

Section 1122 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 allows reemployment of CSRS and FERS annuitants on a limited basis with receipt of both annuity and salary. The provisions apply to Executive agencies (excluding the Department of Defense and General Accountability Office), the Postal Service, the Judicial Branch, and Legislative Branch agencies (other than GAO, which is excluded under both the Executive and Legislative Branch provisions).

The authority may be used by agencies when they determine that use is necessary to:
(A) fulfill functions critical to the mission of the agency, or any component of that agency;
(B) assist in the implementation or oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) or the Troubled Asset Relief Program under title I of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (12 U.S.C. 5201 et seq.);
(C) assist in the development, management, or oversight of agency procurement actions;
(D) assist the Inspector General for the agency in the performance of the mission of that Inspector General;
(E) promote appropriate training or mentoring programs of employees;
(F) assist in the recruitment or retention of employees; or
(G) respond to an emergency involving a direct threat to life of property or other unusual circumstances.
Individuals reemployed will serve under appointments limited to a year or less. An annuitant may not serve under the authority for:

  • more than 520 hours of service during the period ending 6 months following the individual’s annuity commencing date;
  • for more than 1040 hours of service during any 12-month period;
  • or for more than a total of 3120 hours. 

Reemployment may not exceed 2.5 percent of the full-time workforce at any time, and if 1 percent is exceeded, agencies are required to provide an explanation and justification to the Congress and OPM. Individuals employed under these provisions will not be entitled to any additional annuity benefits based upon that employment.
Agencies may begin using these waivers now. 

Expiration of authority: This authority expires on October 27, 2014.


Reference: Authorized under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010”, Public Law 111-84, signed on October 28, 2009, Section 1122 and 1123 – Part-Time Employment, summary from OPM, dated 1/12/2010

Additional Information

This section is excerpted from OPM's RI90-18 Guide. For information on FEGLI and FEHB coverage visit the OPM site to view the guide. 


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