The following is a question submitted by a reader to Federal Times columnist Reg Jones, a charter member of the senior executive service and the resident expert on federal employee retirement issues.

A Fed Times reader asks:

“Is there a five year retirement plan? I retired with 20 years from the U.S. Navy. I worked for ICE for three years and Military Entrance Processing Station for one year and General Counsel Office for three months.

Reg’s response:

If you complete five years of federal civilian service, you’d be vested in the retirement system. If you left government after that, you could apply for a discontinued service annuity at age 62.

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Reg Jones, a charter member of the senior executive service, is our resident expert on retirement and the federal government. From 1979 to '95, he served as an assistant director of the Office of Personnel Management handling recruiting and examining, white and blue collar pay, retirement, insurance and other issues. Opinions expressed are his own.

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