Non-law enforcement employment and 6c coverage

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Q. From 1998 to 2002, I worked as an inspector for the U.S. Customs Service (now CBP) which was, at that time, a non-law enforcement position. In 2002, I was hired by another agency as a criminal investigator, a law enforcement position that falls under 6c.

A few years ago, CBP officers were given law enforcement status in the government, and they are now all under 6c. Can I buy back my four years as an inspector since that position is now under 6c? If not, how do those years calculate into my retirement; will they add on once I have satisfied the 20 years/50 years old or 25 total years?

A. You could not get law enforcement credit for that time. When you retire, any such service  will be calculated using the standard formula, not the enhanced one.

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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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  1. Anthony Q. Sartin on

    I have a similar question. I am in the same position as the original writer; however, my question is since I have 18 years of law enforcement to date, would my past Customs Inspector 6C time make me eligible at 20+ years right now?

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