Can you count state employment toward federal retirement?


Q. Is it possible to buy state time to count toward current federal retirement? I was a state prosecutor cross-designated and appointed as a special federal prosecutor for five years. I was paid by state/county authorities, yet went through an FBI background check and completed time sheets for federal authorities, too. Is there any way to buy my state time and have it count as part of my federal time that I am now accumulating since I’ve become a federal prosecutor?

A. No. State time cannot be counted.


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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

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