Insurance time limit


Q: The Office of Personnel Management Web site states, “You only have 31 days from the date of your appointment to an eligible position to elect optional insurance.” I would like to know if that applies when you are moved to a new position with a new job identifier due to re-organization?

A: No, it doesn’t. The 31-day window only applies to a new employee of the federal government.


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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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