Rehiring of a federal annuitant


Q: I am curious about Section 9902(h) of Title 5, United States Code. I retired Dec. 31, 2010, but I have since gone back to work part time as a contractor. I would like to go back full time as an annuitant but I am not sure of all the requirements. Can you give me all the criteria?

A: The main requirements are simple. First, the position needs to be identified as a hard-to-fill position and be one that is critical to the accomplishment of the organization’s mission. Second, the candidate for the position has to have unique or specialized skills or unusual qualifications. A re-employed annuitant who fills such a position will receive both his annuity and the full salary of his new position. He is an at-will employee who is not considered to be a federal employee for retirement purposes. In other words, no additional credit will be given for that time.


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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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