Social Security is automatic


Q: I’m a retired federal worker with 37.5 years of service under CSRS. I do not expect to ever receive a Social Security check. As a rehire under NDAA, I’m told that I must pay into Social Security (and they’re taking funds out of my check). I can’t seem to get anywhere with HR on this one; it somehow doesn’t seem fair that I’m having to pay into this program knowing I’ll never receive anything in return. Who’s right on this one?

A: Of course you’re not getting anywhere with the folks in HR. That’s because they are right. Anyone rehired under the NDAA, regardless of type of appointment, whether temporary or permanent, is automatically covered by Social Security.


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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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