Q. I am a returning civil service employee, first hired in August 1982 under CSRS. I was employed for 16+ years, then left for 13 years of military service. I am getting rehired in a federal position. Will I be reinstated under full CSRS or CSRS Offset? I did not take a refund, I am collecting a military retirement, and paid Social Security since 1975. I intend to work for five years. Will I be subject to the windfall elimination provision?
A. You will be placed in CSRS Offset because you had a break in service that exceeded one year. You will be subject to the windfall elimination provision unless, when you apply for a Social Security benefit, you have at least 30 years of substantial earnings under Social Security.