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Q. I will be 55 next year and have about 28 years of civil service, including 22 years in CSRS; three months’ temp time prior to 1982; 15 months’ temp time after 1982; and four years in CSRS offset. I did not withdraw any CSRS funds. I am going to pay the deposit for my temp time.

I paid Social Security during the temp times and I paid no Social Security during the CSRS time, and I pay Social Security and a small amount into CSRS retirement during the offset time. If Social Security has been fully paid for the temp time, why do we have to pay the full amount of retirement plus interest back into CSRS for the same time period?

A. Like it or not, that’s what the law requires.


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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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