Max VA percentage for 6(c) coverage


Q. As a federal employee under FERS, is there a maximum percentage from the Veterans Affairs Department that a 6(c) law enforcement officer can receive? I’m at 30 percent; I reach my minimum retirement age in June 2017; and I want to increase my percentage. I have a culmination of multiple issues that could increase my percentage dramatically, but I don’t want this to affect my job as an LEO.

A. There is no upper limit to how much a FERS retiree can receive in his annuity. However, law enforcement officers, firefighters and air traffic controllers can’t receive more for that 6(c) service than results from the application on the enhanced formula: .017 x high-3 x 20 years of service.

In other words, the 6(c) portion of the annuity can never exceed 34 percent of a high-3. All other service is computed using the standard formula: .01 x high-3 x years of service over 20.


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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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