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Lawmakers push OPM to release retirement rules
Lawmakers push OPM to release retirement rules

Phased retirement was supposed to be good for everyone. The idea was to allow the growing number of federal employees who are eligible for retirement to remain in their jobs part time, while sparing the government the sudden loss of institutional memory that would come if they all quit at once. But workers, agencies and lawmakers have been waiting for more than two years for the Office of Personnel Management to release rules on how the program will work. They're getting anxious. "It's been annoying," said Phil Lenowitz, senior adviser to the director of the National Institutes of Health human resources department. "People become discouraged, and it taints...