Unscheduled hours, official hour of duty and annuity


Q. I am a FERS employee who will retire in 2016 under the 20 years by age 60 rule. I went part time in 2010, with my official tour being 20 hours per week (40 per pay period); however, I usually work 24-30 hours per week due to clinic needs. I get paid for these unscheduled hours. I know my annuity will be prorated to account for my part-time work during my career; however, will the part-time portion be calculated using my official tour of 40 hours per pay period, or will the part-time calculations use the actual number of hours I worked?

A. It will be based on your official tour of duty, not the number of hours you worked.


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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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