(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, an applicant for benefits
under FERS may withdraw his or her application for benefits until a payment based
on that application has been authorized, but not thereafter.
(b) An applicant for benefits under FERS may not withdraw his or her application for
benefits after OPM has received a certified copy of a court order (under part 581
of this chapter or subpart I of this part) affecting the benefits.
(c) When an “appropriate authority” determines that the separation upon which payment
has been based is an “unjustified or unwarranted personnel action” as these terms
are defined in § 550.804 of this chapter, an individual may withdraw his/her application for FERS benefits
within 60 days of the decision. As provided in § 550.805, any FERS payments must be deducted from any back pay award.
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