CSRS versus FERS


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.


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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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