Q. If my computation date is August 1985, should I be in FERS or CSRS? I am currently under FERS but read that Congress implemented it in 1986?

A. You are right where you should be. You would have had to be covered by CSRS for five years before Jan. 1, 1987, to have remained in that retirement system. Because you didn’t have five years, you were automatically converted to FERS.


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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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