Withdrawing Government Annuity Early

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By on July 1, 2014 in Q&A with 1 Comment

Q: Is there a program that allows a federal employee to withdraw from their government annuity early?

A: There are two scenarios:

  1. You quit and pull your contributions out.  Not recommended as you will have no entitlement to an annuity later.
  2. You are already eligible to retire and you’ve been diagnosed with a condition that will result in your death in 9 months or less. Then you can pull your contributions out.

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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.