Special retirement supplement


Q. I have completed 24 years of federal service with a law enforcement provision (Bureau of Prisons), and two years of federal service prior to that with no special provision. Six months ago, I left the BOP and transferred to another agency, non-law enforcement. I believe that my annuity (FERS) will be calculated at 20 years law enforcement, the four years remaining BOP time as regular, and another two years whatever else I work in the new agency as regular. Since I am no longer in a law enforcement capacity, will my status change for the special retirement supplement? I’m primarily concerned about the proposed legislation to abolish the supplement.

A. The special retirement supplement isn’t dependent on your occupation. It’s based solely on the amount of Social Security benefit you earned while a FERS employee. Only time will tell if the SRS will remain the same, be modified or eliminated.


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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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