Temp time buy back


Q. I was a federal temporary worker for GSA from 1985 to 1994. Our agency is now shutting down on Sept. 30 and I bought back my temp time until 1988. From then on, I cannot buy my time back. Since we are closing, is it possible to buy back my other years? This is through no fault of my own and five more years would surely help as I didn’t pay into the Thrift Savings Plan in my temp time.

A. Under FERS non-deduction, service performed on or after January 1, 1989, isn’t creditable for either eligibility or computational purposes, nor can you make a deposit to get credit for that time.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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