Temporary employees and CSRS


Q. I worked in a federal job as a temporary employee from October 1979 to January 1987.  I paid only Social Security since temporary employees were not allowed to participate in CSRS.  I was hired as a career-conditional FERS employee in June 2010.  I am looking to pay a deposit to get credit for my years of temporary service.  Can any of that service give me a CSRS annuity component even though I never participated in CSRS?

A. No.

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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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