Reader appreciates phased retirement

It has been nearly two years since Congress passed a law allowing federal employees like me to transition to retirement on a part-time basis. But the Administration has yet to finalize regulations that would permit employees to actually take advantage of this “phased retirement” option.

Phased retirement not only will give federal employees flexibility in winding down their careers; it will help government agencies with the transition, ensuring continuity of operations.

Phased retirement requires retiring employees to mentor their replacements as they shift away from their full-time responsibilities.

It also lets retirement-eligible employees continue to work on critical projects to successful completion, when they may have otherwise retired.

Federal employees and government agencies seeking to take advantage of this option are left waiting on the sidelines.

I’ve served my country as a federal employee for the past 37 1/2 years right here in Clarksburg and I want to be able to mentor the next person who’s going to carry on this work for America before time runs out.

The phased retirement option is good for agencies, workers and the taxpayers they serve.

It’s a win-win-win, to the tune of $427 million in savings.

Now, the ref just needs to blow the whistle and start the game.