Starting leave accrual rate


Q: I worked for the 2010 Census Bureau as a temporary part-time worker (even though that “part-time” work was a full 40 hours a week in our area) on two different operations (spring and fall) for about one or two months each (two to four months total). I know that time doesn’t count toward my FERS, but if I get hired as a GS employee, could those months be used to speed up how fast I get vacation time at the next higher rate?

A: No, they would not be used.


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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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