Break in service and step increase


Q. I served 27 years federal service, then had a break in service of two years and one month and was reinstated to the status I had before (GS-7, Step 8. My personnel lady told me the time I served as a Step 8 before would count toward my next step increase. I was a Step 8 for one year, five months and two weeks, so do I only have to wait one year, six months and two weeks for my next step increase, or do I have to wait the full three years?

A. For entitlement to a step increase, you’ll be picking up where you left off, not starting all over.


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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

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