Service credit


Q. I worked from 1992 to 1995 as resident in VA. Human resources states that because it was after 1989 and  I was covered under FICA, I cannot pay back to get credit under FERS. Is that true?

A. Yes, it’s true. That’s because nondeduction service performed after Jan. 1, 1989, isn’t creditable. And a deposit can’t be made to make it so.


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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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