CSRS law enforcement re-employed annuitant


Q. I took an immediate retirement at age 51 under the law enforcement provision of CSRS with 30 years of service.  Mandatory retirement is age 57.  After one month, I returned to federal service in a term position as a re-employed annuitant with a dual compensation waiver (pension plus salary).  My term position may expire in the next 12 months.  Can I forgo my CSRS pension and compete for a law enforcement position again? Assuming the new position is a promotion over my last permanent position, would my CSRS pension be recalculated upon my final retirement? Would I be obligated to repay the pension money I have received for the past year, assuming I am not seeking creditable service for the time, since it was a term position?

A. By law, time spent as a re-employed annuitant under a dual compensation waiver isn’t creditable for any retirement purpose. When your employment ends, your annuity will simply continue without alteration. If you were re-employed in a position where the waiver didn’t apply, your salary would be offset by the amount of your annuity. If you worked for one year full time, you’d be eligible for a supplemental annuity. If you worked for at least five full-time years, your annuity would be recomputed as if you were retiring for the first time.



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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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