Law enforcement retirement


Q. I am just shy of 55 years of age and have 27 years of government service as an 1811 with the Department of Justice. I am considering taking an 1801 position with another agency. How does that affect, if at all, my FERS retirement?

A. Once you have completed 20 years of covered service, you can take any other job and work for as long as you feel like it. It won’t affect your entitlement to the more generous law-enforcement officer retirement benefit. Any years beyond 20 will simply be calculated using the standard formula. Note: Once you have those 20 LEO years under your belt and are at least age 50, you can retire at any time.


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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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