Converting from NSPS to FERS


Q: I was hired by the Defense Department under the National Security Personnel System. Will I be converted to a Federal Employees Retirement System grade, and how will that grade be determined?

A: You’ll have to be patient. The law ending the NSPS was just enacted and the phase-out won’t be completed until Jan. 1, 2012. How grade levels will be determined has yet to be decided.


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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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