Legal Articles

Court-Ordered Benefits

What Federal Employees and Retirees Need to Know About Dividing Federal Retirement and Other Benefits During Divorce

Kimberly H. BerryCourt-Ordered Benefits

Attorney Kimberly H. Berry discusses issues pertaining to court orders that award retirement and other benefits to former spouses of retired federal employees in the January 2018 issue of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) magazine.

Divorce and Federal Employee Retirement Benefits

Kimberly H. BerryCourt-Ordered Benefits

Federal employees and their spouses should be aware of the special rules governing federal retirement benefits while negotiating the terms of their divorce.

Creditable Service

Redeposit Issues Affecting Federal Employee Annuitants

Kimberly H. BerryCreditable Service

Former federal employees who retire prior to reaching the minimum retirement age or required length of service and withdraw from their retirement contributions based on misinformation can potentially redeposit their retirement contributions.

Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act (FERCCA)

Could You Be In The Wrong Federal Retirement System?

Kimberly H. BerryFederal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act (FERCCA)

Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act (FERCCA) errors can arise when a federal employee experiences a break in service, especially during the mid-1980s when the Federal Employees Retirement Systems (FERS) plan was created. 

MSPB Retirement Appeals

MSPB Takes Action Where OPM Fails to Issue Final Decision in Retirement Case

Kimberly H. BerryMSPB Retirement Appeals

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) recently held that when the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) fails to issue a final appealable decision, engaging in substantial delays, the MSPB may be able to hear the appeal on the merits without waiting for a formal decision from OPM.

5 Important Questions to Consider Before Applying for OPM Disability Retirement

Kimberly H. BerryOPM Disability Retirement

The following five questions identify a few of the initial considerations that federal employees should examine when determining whether they should pursue OPM disability retirement.

Disability Retirement in the Federal Sector

Kimberly H. BerryOPM Disability Retirement

Federal employees considering disability retirement should seek legal advice early to avoid potential mistakes.


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