Career status after extensive break in employment


Q. I have career status with the federal government but have not worked with the government for quite a while. After a break of more than 25 years, do I still retain career status? I am unemployed and would like to go back to federal service. My last position was with the Veterans Administration Headquarters in Washington. Before that, I was with VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Engineering Department.

I started my career working in Washington for the U.S. Army AMC.

A. Yes, you’d retain your career status.


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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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