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  • Lump sum
    JR Samples
    It took much longer to get the lump sum payment for annual leave than it took to get the annuity.
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  • Lump Sum
    vetdude
    That's comforting...NOT!
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  • firestorm
    John E.
    Congratulating former OPM Director, "Mr. Happy," on reducing the retirement processing backlog is like congratulating the arsonist for putting out his own fire.
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  • Not really fair
    marxwj
    The problems have been building up over years. They staff the offices so they can barely cover an average flow of retirement applications and they get a 30% to 40% increase and things go badly. They have pulled people from other groups to deal with this increase, but it requires training and experience to do it well. Meanwhile, the regular work of those people is falling behind and they are being furloughed and can't do any more overtime to help them catch up. I think they are doing a remarkable job considering the resources at their disposal.
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  • Not Really Fair
    Herminie
    As I retired federal employee, I DO know how hard many employees work. I understand the furloughs, the cancellation of overtime, awards, promotions. I lived it myself. what I don't understand is how OPM can arbitrarily cut a retirees annuity by up to 40% for an extended length of time without consideration for the retiree. If most agencies do in fact calculate the correct payment, why not pay the retiree that amount until the catch up with their backlog?
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  • Mistreated Retirees
    Herminie
    Mike, you hit a very sore spot. Fed employees do plan for their retirement. They plan for a reduced incomed based on their well thought-out decision to retire. They have calculated their new income and know what to expect. What Fed employees don't plan for is the mistreatment they recieve from the Office of Personnel Manaagement. You are incorrect in your statement that we get 80% of our income while they finalize our packages. Mine was reduced nearly 40% so I have been living on 60% of my planned income since March. I was advised by a phone representative at OPM that they are just so busy I should plan for SEVEN months at the interim pay level. I asked how they arrived at the 40% reduced level of payment and what law permitted it, they had no answer. Federal law requires an employer to pay a retired employee full retirement benefits beginning the month following retirement. But, apparently OPM does not have to abide by Federal Law. Writing your congressman should help draw attention to this government scam of withholding our money (with no interest paid to us)- but it seems 'big government' has gotten too big to help its citizens.
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  • Many elligible, Few leaving
    marxwj
    Things could be much worse than they are. I know several people that have been 6 months to a year from retirement for at least the last 7 or 8 years. They make plans and save up leave and tell everyone they are going, and a couple months before the new date comes up they stop talking about it, or change the date. Many will see articles like this one and panic. Others will see a RIF coming and try to get a buyout to help them out the door. Unfortunately for them, few buyouts are offered to people that senior within the organization. If they give you money to leave they can't replace you for at least a year, so many that would like one will never get the offer. They also see one more year of service as a little more money after retirement. That combination of hope and fear has kept many that have long been elligible for retirement from actually taking that final step. Too many people in my office have left either feet first or at the point where their health has all but failed them before they go.
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  • Many eligible, Few leave
    Herminie
    Potential retirees SHOULD see this article and should know what they face: Months of inaction and total disregard for those who dedicated their careers to federal sevice.
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