Can the FERS Supplement for a Spouse be Lost?

By on May 21, 2014 in Q&A with 1 Comment

Q: I am searching for a detail on the FERS Special Retirement Supplement – I understand that the employee loses some or all of the benefit once they retire if they return to work before reaching age 62. My question concerns the effect of a working spouse on the benefit – if the employee remains retired but the spouse works and makes more than 15k, does the supplement drop out?

A: No. It’s only your earnings.

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John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.