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. Yes, because you were a FERS employee on December 31, 2012.


About Author

Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.


  1. OPM says otherwise:

    Employee receives a FERS covered appointment effective April 29, 2014. Employee had one previous period of civilian service with the Federal Government from September 14, 2008, to January 5, 2013. The employee was covered under FERS throughout that previous period of service.

    Employee is subject to FERS coverage because the employee was employed in a civilian position subject to FERS on December 31, 2012. (The fact that the employee had not yet completed 5 years of service as of December 31, 2012, is not a relevant consideration in this scenario because the employee was covered under FERS on December 31, 2012.)


Leave A Reply