Q. My first federal employment was in 1/17/1983 as a temporary worker (NTE one year, 40 hour week). Since it was a temp position. only Social Security was assessed. I left for the private sector 9/21/1983 due to an impending RIF knowing full well we were the first to go. I then received and accepted an offer from the Postal Service and started 10/13/1984 ; I am still there. I was informed that there will be a new retirement system, but no one has any information on the details, so I was placed as CSRS Interim. FERS then became law and the CSRS Interim folks were sucked into FERS, like it or not. If the CSRS Interim folks were hired before FERS became law, then why were they not treated the same as CSRS Offset?
A. CSRS Offfset was a category assigned to former CSRS employees with five years of CSRS service who had returned to government service after being separated for at least one year. Because you did not meet that definition, you were covered by CSRS Interim. Since you did not have five years of CSRS service before FERS became law, you were automatically transferred to FERS. Because CSRS Offset employees had five years of CSRS service, they were given a choice.