Substitute work and CSRS annuity


Q. I recently retired under CSRS with 39+ years of service. I’m applying for a position with the Postal Service as a substitute carrier. The website posting for this position reads: NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CAREER POSITION AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF WORK HOURS. THERE ARE NO BENEFITS OFFERED WITH THIS POSITION.

Can I take this position without any effect on my CSRS annuity? If I can, do I need to notify the Office of Personnel Management in any way about the occasional work or earnings?

A. Taking that job would have no effect on your CSRS annuity.


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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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