LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Federal pension shouldn’t be automatic

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“EPA official sentenced for bizarre ‘spy’ ruse” (Web, Dec. 18) really got my ire up. John C. Beale and a host of others like him have over the years been allowed to retire or quit their federal jobs and draw their civil service retirements later. From what I gather, there is no provision to strip such individuals of their civil service pensions even if they get long prison sentences.

This would make a great subject for an article and might motivate Congress to pass legislation. I am not saying such individuals should always lose their pensions, but if someone has been doing illegal things on the job for decades there ought to be a hearing process that can decide what, if any, pension they deserve. The military has such processes. Why should civil servants get a pass?


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