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I’m currently a maxed out GS-15 Step 10. Masters degree is Electrical/Computer Engineering, but now a Program Manager for a high visibility area. I have 10 years to reach full retirement age (57). Why do I feel like I’m limiting myself? What would the pros and cons be of seeking private industry employment at this point? What would an equivalent salary be taking into account pension, etc? Anyone else been in, or is in this situation?

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Not a step 10, but I’m near you. How many years of service? I’m walking away with my 20 year FERS as a deferred retirement. Actively interviewing in private sector and finding salaries double than where I am now. I’m only 40, so I’m making the smart move.

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&SDA1 no medical for deferred

Come to Consulting. You can always switch back to gov, but you likely won't want to.

Happy to talk about EY in our Government & Public Sector (GPS).

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very well aware. We are limited based on what Congress enacts for system enhancement, And even if we did modernize everything, half of the USDA workforce would be completely lost using new systems.
I completely agree with you, but let’s face it, agriculture is not the tip of the spear

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