Creditable service


Q. I began working as a term federal law clerk on Aug. 24, 1992. I was reassigned to career law clerk status and began to be covered by FERS on Aug. 5, 1996. My service computation date continued to be listed at Aug. 24, 1992. Does this mean my nearly four years of service as a term law clerk has been computed as creditable service?

A. While that period of service is creditable for determining your leave accrual rate, it isn’t creditable for retirement purposes. Further, you can’t make a deposit of that period of service to make it so.


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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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