FERS and military service


Q. I’m a FERS employee covered by the special retirement rules for law enforcement. I had made a deposit for the nine years of active duty I did before working for the Bureau of Prisons. Will the nine years I paid a deposit for be figured into the formula for the supplemental Social Security I receive till age 62? I plan on retiring at age 55 with 22 years of bureau service and nine years’ military.

A. No. By law, only actual FERS service is used to calculate the special retirement supplement.


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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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