Q. I was a federal employee from 1993 to 2001. When I separated, I withdrew my FERS contributions. I am now contemplating re-entering the federal workforce and have read about the redeposit option. However, I read an Office of Personnel Management guidance memo that implies that redeposit is only applicable for FERS employees who separated after October 2009. What are my options? Can I buy back time in service?
A. What you read is correct. You had to be separated on or after Oct. 28, 2009, to be eligible to make a redeposit when you were re-employed.