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.