Does ATC medical retirement receive social security benefit at MRA?

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I was a controller for over 21 years. I was medically disqualified and took a disability retirement. My minimum retirement age was 50 (I’m 51). When does my SS benefit become available?

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Asked on September 26, 2017 7:21 pm
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If you are CSRS, there is no Social Security with CSRS however, if you are FERS, you were required to file for Social Security disability at the time you filed your FERS disability. If you were not approved for Social Security disability, then your regular Social Security benefit can begin as early as age 62. Now, if you really meant to ask about the FERS Retiree Supplement, which is a benefit paid by the Office of Personnel Management and not Social Security, disability retirement is not one of the retirement options that includes the FERS Retiree Supplement, so again, you would have to wait until you are at least age 62 to file for your regular Social Security Benefit.

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Answered on September 26, 2017 9:00 pm

I am FERS. Had I been able to make it to age 50 (25 years) I would have been eligible for SS at age 56. So you are saying since I was medically disqualified, that is no longer available? Also I was told that my medical would be converted to a regular retirement when I turned 50. That seems not to be the case either. My high 3 seems very low and I am not able to get the info that was used to come up with it. Where do I go to get that info?? Thank you for your answer above.

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Correct, as an ATC you have a retirement option that permits you to retire at an early age and with an enhanced computation. Since you did not make that option and retired under the disability option, you are no longer qualified for the FERS retiree supplement. Only Voluntary, Early Voluntary, Discontinued Service and Special Provision retirement options include the supplement. When you first retired, the Office of Personnel Management should have sent you a booklet explaining how your retirement was calculated and the high-3 used. If you do not have that booklet, contact OPM and ask them as they are the ones who calculated the high-3 from the payroll records sent from your agency. When you turn age 62, your retirement will be recalculated to include all years/months of service on which the disability was based plus all years/months you were on the disability rolls to project a full retirement as if you had worked until age 62. This information can be found at the following link? https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms/benefits-administration-letters/2010/10-105.pdf

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Answered on September 27, 2017 2:06 pm

It took 18 months for my disability to be computed. I do have the book but the numbers are not correct and since I have been separated from the agency I don’t have access to my pay stubs that were online. So will OPM send me that data? I have asked and have received nothing so far. What is included in my high 3? Just base pay and locality?

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You should be able to contact OPM and get that information…but getting through to them can be a long process. Pretty much that is what is included in the high-3. Here is the manual reference on what is and is not included in the high-3. https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms/csrsfers-handbook/c030.pdf Sorry for all the references but space is limited when providing responses.

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Answered on September 27, 2017 2:32 pm

You have been fantastic. It has been great to be able to get good info. Thank you so much.

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You are very welcome.

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