Q. My question is related to being covered under FERS if I only worked for the federal government for about four months. My dates of employment were from September 2012 until January. I have recently been rehired with the Veterans Affairs Department, as of April, but I am unsure if I qualify under: 1) “the individual on Dec. 31, 2012, was covered under FERS” or 2) “the individual on Dec. 31, 2012, was performing civilian service which is creditable or potentially creditable service under FERS.” I was working as of Dec. 31, 2012, so do I qualify to be “grandfathered in” now that I have been rehired?
A. The answer is clear. Because you had fewer than five years of prior creditable service, when you were rehired your agency is required by law to set your FERS retirement contribution rate at 3.1 percent.