Q. I am a GS 1811, injured in the line of duty in 2002. I have been collecting workers’ compensation for the past 12 years.
Prior to my injury, I had 12 years 1811 time. I bought back all of my active-duty military time back (6.8 years).
I am in FERS. I know that, as an 1811, my annual pension is 1.7 percent. Does my time on workers’ compensation also count toward 1811 time? I know my military time is calculated at 1.0 percent.
Assuming that the compensation counts toward government service, I would have 24 years at 1.7 percent = 40.8 percent, plus the military time of 6.8 percent. The total would be 47.6 percent. Is this correct?
The Department of Labor is trying to send my back to work in “light duty capacity.” I will be 65 years old at the end of the year. Will I also collect my Social Security at the rate for a 65-year-old? I worked in a local police department for 22 years and was grandfathered into the 1811 position.
A. No, your time spent on workers’ compensation doesn’t count toward the 20-year requirement to receive a law enforcement retirement benefit.
Therefore, if you ever transition to a FERS retirement annuity, it will all be calculated using the standard — not the enhanced — formula.