Break in service


Q: I have 11-plus years of 6(c) service in a primary law enforcement position from a prior appointment. After a two year break in service, I have been reinstated into a secondary law enforcement position with career tenure. Since I have more than three years in a covered position, am I entitled to maintain my 6(c) coverage, or will I stay under Federal Employees Retirement System due to the break in service?

A: While that break in service shouldn’t affect your eligibility to remain covered under the special retirement provision for law enforcement officers, you need to confirm that with your agency.

— Reg Jones


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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