CSRS, FERS and military service


Q: I have a question about CSRS/FERS military service payback. I served in the Air Force from April 1981 to May 1989. After separation I started working for a section of the DOJ in April 1990 under the FERS system. I know it is late in the game, but I am trying to do a buyback for my military time. I have heard different answers as to whether my military time would be considered a CSRS component or if it would be paid back as part of FERS. I am under the impression that it would be a CSRS component. Is this correct?

A: No, it isn’t correct. It would only be CSRS service if it had taken place before you were hired as a CSRS employee. Since you were first hired as a FERS employee, if you make a deposit, that time would be credited to FERS.


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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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