Agencies slow to adopt phased retirement

Very few agencies have taken advantage of a three-year-old law that permits senior federal employees to continue working part-time instead of taking the full retirement option when eligible, the Baltimore Sun reports.
 
In fact, so far only four federal agencies have filed phased retirement requests: the Department of Education, the Library of Congress, the Board of Broadcast Governors, and NASA, the article notes.
 
Congress passed the phased retirement law in June 2012, hoping to entice more of its most experienced employees to stick around a while and mentor younger employees.

According to the article, one major factor in the slow start is that the Office of Personnel Management took nearly three years to finalize rules for agencies, issuing them only this past March.

 

Reader comments

Thu, Sep 13, 2018 Reality

Who you kidding. These older guys don’t stay to help or teach. They stay to bank easy money. So many senior employees slack off way before they retire and reap the benefits of seniority. All Bull

Fri, May 27, 2016 BitterEmployee

Not me! Too many in my service are slackers. I'm running out of here.

Sat, Nov 7, 2015

I have worked for the Federal Gov't 13 years and the phased retirement could certainly work for me! I enjoy the work and the people that I work with. At age 60 I believe that I could be a mentor and still have skills that are needed to perform my job. I think of this as a win - win for both myself and employer, but I realize that this is not for everybody.

Thu, Sep 24, 2015

So much knowledge going out of the door each day. If I left today my agency would be put in a hard place as no one else knows how to do what I do. If I had the option of phased retirement I might be enticed to stick it out until I can train someone to take over.

Wed, Sep 23, 2015 Scott Chicago

OPM has been reorganizing for 2 years so the delay does not surprise in a bit. I'd like to hear more about this option.

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