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Retirement from federal government agency

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:49 am
by Yakina Thomas
Obviously you never worked for a Government agency when it comes to retirement. In 2010 I was retiring as a research director at a private scientific research institute. I was approached by a senior Government official and asked if I would be willing to come to work for the DoD and help train Government engineers in certain technologies, that I was recognized as being one of the foremost experts in the world. Needless to say the compensation I was offered was insignificant, compared to my private sector compensation. As I consider myself a patriot (I served in the US military and never sought a deferment) and not needing an income, I said I would give them 5 years. I ended up staying 6 years.
I was very impressed with both the Military and Government civilian scientists and engineers that I trained and supervised. I found the quality and dedication of these people to be equal to what I experienced in the private sector. With regard to pay when it came to benefits and retirement accounts, their compensation was equivalent to the private sector, if you factored in the pensions. I would agree the author that any pension benefits before age 62 should be eliminated. However, if you gut the rest of the pension program you will end up with far less qualified people running your Government. Every citizen in this country should be thankful every day that the average Government worker is far more qualified and dedicated than the elected politicians in Government. When a worker retires, give them the benefits they deserve.