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What Happens After I Retire?

Post-Retirement FAQ's

Information for Retirees

Post-Retirement Timeline

14 to 30 Days

  • Receive final paycheck and lump-sum annual leave payment (if applicable).
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will close out your retirement record (SF 2806/SF 3100).
  • Your retirement case and retirement card is forwarded to OPM in Boyers, PA.
  • USDA will send you a notification that your case has been forwarded to OPM.
  • For questions regarding the processing of your retirement, contact Retirement and Benefits Advisory Services (RABAS) visit the Retirement and Benefits Portal.

30 to 90 days

  • Your retirement package is received by OPM in Boyers, PA. 
  • OPM will send you an acknowledgement letter and retirement case claim number.
  • You will be placed in Interim Payment Status and paid a partial annuity.
  • Case is assigned to a specialist for final adjudication.
  • Interim payments will continue until OPM completes final adjudication of your claim.

90 Days to 6 Months

  • OPM will complete the adjudication of your claim.
  • OPM will start paying you your regular monthly annuity check, including applicable back pay.
  • OPM will start deducting payment for both benefits and other allotments, from your regular annuity.
  • OPM will provide you with the information outlining your retirement benefits, authorized allotments, taxes, etc. 
  • Call OPM if you have any questions about the status of your retirement.
Last modified: 
March 15, 2021