Rehire after retirement; length or service to reach 80 percent annuity


Q. Are there new rules as to how long a civil service employee can be retired and return to work as a federal employee? I was always told five years.

Also, do CSRS employees have to work 42 years to get 80 percent of their salary?

A. There’s no limit on the time you can be retired and still go back to work for the government.

An employee would have to work for 41 years and 11 months to receive an annuity that reached the 80 percent limit.


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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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