FERS 1.7 percent retirement multiplier


Q. I know that career firefighters under the 0081 series code qualify for the 1.7 percent multiplier that is applied to FERS retirement for the first 20 years and 1 percent thereafter, but do fire inspectors or fire prevention personnel, who are also a 0081 series code, who have never worked as firefighters qualify for the 1.7 percent multiplier as well?

A. No. Go to www.opm.gov/retire/pubs/handbook/C046.pdf and scroll down to Part 46B3.1-1.


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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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