VERA/VSIP, annuity, TSP withdrawals and SRS


Q. How will Voluntary Early Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay affect my retirement benefits (annuity supplement, pension and Thrift Savings Plan withdrawals)? I am a Defense Department civilian, age 58, with 21 years of service under FERS.

A. Mike: You will have access to your TSP account, under the usual rules, without penalty following your separation.

Reg: Your annuity would be computed under the standard formula: .01 x your high-3 x your years and full months of service. There wouldn’t be any age penalty because you were retiring before age 62. And, since you have already reached your minimum retirement age, you’d immediately be entitled to the special retirement supplement.


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