CSRS Offset retiree subject to government pension offset?


Q. Is a CSRS Offset employee retiring with less than five years offset service subject to the government pension offset on a spousal Social security benefit?  I know this is true for FERS but have not been able to find any clear guidance for offset employees.  I do not have enough Social Security quarters to qualify for Social Security payments on my own.  My position will be eliminated due to BRAC and I do not have an enduring job offer. There is a VSIP offer on the table.  Please help me make an informed choice.

A. According to the Social Security Administration, you would have to have been covered by CSRS Offset for a full five years to be exempt from the government pension 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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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