For Your Benefit

Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) FAQs

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021 on ForYourBenefit, host Bob Leins, CPA® welcomes Bob Braunstein, Federal Benefits Specialist. There are approximately 132,000 full-time Law Enforcement Officers in the Federal government. Today’s program is dedicated to answering questions for Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Air Traffic Controllers, such as: What kind of retirement qualifications must I meet? How will my benefits be calculated? Why is my retirement mandatory at age 57? If I do not want to retire at 57, do I have any options? If I have my 25 years of service (including the 20 qualifying special occupation years) before age 50, can I retire? Are there other benefits associated with these enhanced retirements? Are there any consequences to my retirement annuity if I come back to work for the government? I understand I qualify for a FERS annuity supplement and that the rules are different LEOs? Please explain what the differences are? How about cost of living adjustments? Once I retire, do I have to wait until I am 62 years of age to receive them? Can I retire from a non-LEO position and still get the special retirement formula? Send in a question: Email us in advance at [email protected]

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