Q: I have worked for the federal government since February 2008 when I was hired as a temporary employee. In September 2009, the job converted to permanent. Is there any way to buy back my temporary time so that I could reach career status sooner? A: No, there isn’t. You can’t make a deposit to get credit for any period of non-deduction service occurring on or after Jan. 1, 1989.
Q: When I was first hired as a federal employee in 1986, I believe my first few months were as a full-time temporary employee before I became a full-time permanent employee. Do these first few months count as creditable service time toward my retirement? A: They won’t count unless you make a deposit for that time to the retirement fund.