Non-law enforcement positions


Q. I worked for 13 years as a 6(c) covered federal law enforcement officer. I switched career paths and now work in a “support non-law enforcement position.” In the law enforcement retirement, they take 1.7 percent for the first 20 years and then 1 percent each year after until you retire, with 57 being the max. Regular positions take 1 percent for each year you work, with no age limit.

I am being told that I have forfeited the extra 0.7 percent since I did not complete the 20 years in the 6(c) coverage. How can they keep that extra money when I contributed toward that, which I estimate would equal 9.1 percent of my retirement? Do I have any recourse?

A. No. That’s the law.


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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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