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House OKs waiver authority for re-employed annuitants

A measure in the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act would grant a five-year extension of federal agencies' authority to rehire federal annuitants without a salary offset.

Without the waiver provided under the authority, the salary of re-employed annuitants generally is offset by the amount of their annuity.

The amendment to the NDAA, offered by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), was approved by the House by voice vote May 21. The House passed the overall bill (H.R. 4435) May 22.

“This authority is important for the successful recruitment, retention and mentorship of our federal civil servants,” National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association President Joseph Beaudoin said in a statement.

“Prior to the enactment of this waiver authority in 2009, an agency rehiring an annuitant needed to request a waiver from the Office of Personnel Management to ensure the employee’s pay was not offset by his or her annuity," he said. "Those case-by-case waivers often were not approved in a timely manner and were reserved only for emergency or unusual circumstances.”

Baudoin noted that the authority serves the dual purpose of allowing the government to function better during a rising tide of retirements, and helping to mentor new employees. The waiver authority, which applies only on a limited and part-time basis, is due to expire in October.

To see more, go to: www.narfe.org/departments/home/articles.cfm?ID=3693.



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