Q. I have been trying to get a straight answer for years on a matter. I spent 11 months as a U.S. Probation Officer, which comes under federal law enforcement officer retirement, and then moved to the FBI as a Special Agent. I was told early in my career that the first position as U.S. Probation Officer did not count toward LEO retirement because I had a two month break in service. Later I was told it did count. Does it count?
A. Yes, it does count. For proof, go to www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms/csrsfers-handbook/c046.pdf and read Section 46A3.2G, which also applies to FERS employees.