Leaving law enforcement, staying in government


Q: If I was in a law enforcement-covered position for eight years, then took a noncovered position for seven years, then moved back to a covered position, what time would count toward the LEO-covered retirement? I was told that as long as you had served three years in a covered position, you were vested and your service would continue in the special-category retirement as long as you had no break in federal service.

A: As long as you are in a primary law enforcement position for the requisite period of time and have a total 20 years of covered service, you will be eligible for retirement under the special provision. Those years don’t have to be consecutive to qualify you for that benefit.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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