Q: I was employed as a civilian employee from 1979 to 1982 in which I was under the CSRS retirement system. My position was part of an RIF. I left the civilian service for a while and returned in 2001. Should I have been placed back under CSRS when I returned back to work as a civilian employee?
A: No. You would have had to be covered by CSRS for five years for that to happen.