Disability and creditable service


Q. I once read that time spent on FERS disability would count toward retirement but not toward the computation of a new retirement annuity if re-employed in the government. I worked for USPS for 21 years and retired on disability. I continued to work in a job for disabled people, and as my income was approaching the 80 percent limit to be found recovered, I applied for a position with the government and was hired as a GS-07 employee found to be restored to earnings capacity. Is that time I was on disability lost, or does it add on as creditable service for retirement, but not for annuity?

A. If you are re-employed, the time you spent on disability retirement wouldn’t be considered creditable for determining your length of service or any future annuity computation.


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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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