Returning for part-time work


Q: I know a new law was passed so federal retirees could return to part-time federal employment without having their retirement annuities affected. I have not seen any details from the Office of Personnel Management on how this is done and recorded if an agency wished to do so. Do you have any information on this?

A: The National Defense Authorization Act for 2010 included a provision that allows Civil Service Retirement System and Federal Employees Retirement System non-disability retirees to be re-employed on a limited basis and receive both their full annuities and the unreduced salaries of their new positions. Agencies can use this authority now if it will help them to accomplish any of the objectives spelled out in the law. Reemployment will be part-time and limited to one year or less. Anyone hired under this provision won’t be entitled to any additional annuity benefits based on that re-employment.


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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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