Transferring from LEO to non-LEO


Q. I have been under FERS law enforcement officer provision for 13 years. I am planning to change my job to another federal position which is not covered under LEO provision.

I am 43 and plan to retire at my minimum retirement age of 57 with total of 27 years of federal service (13 LEO and 14 non -LEO).

When I retire at my MRA, what will be the retirement calculation for 13 years of LEO service — 1.7 percent per year or standard 1 percent?

A. Your annuity will be computed using the standard formula (0.01 x high-3 x years of service). Only those who have completed 20 years of covered service will have their annuities computed using the more generous formula.


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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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