Buyback of civil service time


Q. I made a deposit on temporary civil service time performed in 1983. Will that time count toward the 10 years needed for the FERS MRA+10? I read military buyback doesn’t count toward the minimum 10 years, but I’m not seeing an article that mentions the buyback of federal temporary time.

A. Yes, it counts toward the 10 years of creditable service needed to retire under the MRA+10 provision.


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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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