Law enforcement early retirement


Q. I have an employee who wants to know if his GS-1810 (Investigator) service from Aug. 14, 1995, to May 2, 1999, with the Department of Justice will be credited toward the GS-1811 (Criminal Investigator) time even though he did not pay that time into the law enforcement officer FERS retirement fund and if so, can he pay into it? He would like to retire early under the LEO provisions of FERS?

A. He can’t “pay into it.” That period of employment isn’t covered service and can’t be credited toward the years needed to qualify for LEO retirement.


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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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