Q. I have 31 years of federal service with the National Park Service. I have 18½ years of law enforcement service (because the Firefighter and Law Enforcement Retirement Team took away four permanent years of law enforcement service). I will be 60 in September. Is it possible for the government to give me an early retirement and give me the last year of the 20-year retirement special pay (January 2014 instead of January 2015)? Or do I need to work the last year to get the 20-year special pay. The early-out and incentive payment may be offered soon.
A. No. You have to have 20 years of actual LEO service to be entitled to the more generous annuity computation.