Creditable service toward retirement


Q. I am considering rejoining federal service and have a question about whether a prior temporary appointment is creditable service toward retirement. In the summer of 1970, I had a three-month appointment (summer job) at the U.S. Postal Service. Would this time be creditable toward CSRS retirement?

A. If you returned to work for the government, you would be covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System, not CSRS. I don’t know if your particular appointment in the Postal Service would be considered to be creditable service. You’d have to check with a benefits specialist in the agency that is considering hiring you to be sure. However, if it is, you’d need to make a deposit for that time plus accrued interest


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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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