Annuity offset applies with temporary job


Q: I recently retired from the Bureau of Land Management as a Federal Employees Retirement System employee and have the opportunity to be hired on a temporary basis by the federal government as an administratively determined (AD) casual hire. My question is, as an AD hire, will my FERS annuity be offset or reduced by what I earn on incident assignments, or will I be able to collect my full FERS annuity, as well as the full AD salary?

A: If you are being hired as an employee of the federal government, the answer is yes. The salary you receive will be reduced proportionately by the amount of your annuity. You’ll need to check with your agency’s personnel office to confirm that this rule will apply to the position into which you would be hired. Under recent changes in the law, certain temporary, time-limited appointments can be exempted from the offset.


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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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