FERS and temporary civil service


Q: I originally entered civil service as a “summer hire” in July 1998. I then was hired to a two-year term in December 1998. That ended in December 2000. I was then hired in January 2004. I am still with civil service. I also served four years active duty and am in the process of “buying back” for the purpose of retirement credit. Will my “summer hire” and “2-year term” employment count toward retirement? I’m under the FERS retirement.

A: No, it won’t. Non-deduction service performed after December 31, 1988, isn’t creditable for retirement purposes nor can a deposit be made to make it so.


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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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