Q. I was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration in January 1985 and erroneously placed in FERS. I separated from the FAA in 1998. I have been looking at the information on the Office of Personnel Management website about eligibility, and it appears that I may be eligible for placement in CSRS. I’ve written to OPM for a review of my case as they suggested, but I wanted to get a third party opinion on the matter.
A. Because of the date you were first hired, you would have been covered by CSRS Interim. Then, because you didn’t have five years of CSRS Interim service before Jan. 1, 1987, you would have been automatically converted to FERS.