Q: Can you confirm that a FERS employee who retires from air traffic control, law enforcement, or fire fighting at their minimum retirement age with 30 years of service in the covered position will have their retirement calculated with all (30 years at 1.7 percent) as opposed to (20 years at 1.7 percent and 10 years at 1 percent)? In addition, lets assume only 15 years in the covered position and 15 years in a non-covered position that the calculation will be (15 years at 1.7 percent) and (15 years at 1 percent)? Lots of people believe that they need at least 20 years in a covered position or none of those years will be counted at 1.7 percent. I believe that is true if they retire without having 30 years of government service, but anyone that retires under the MRA+30 option gets all covered service at 1.7 percent as long as they have at least five years of covered time. Is that a correct interpretation of the law?
A: This special provision above only applies to air traffic controllers. The basis for it is 5 USC 8412(a). Check with your personnel office to be sure that that provision applies to you.