Reduction in force, time gap for annuity


Q. I am retiring under CSRS. My early D.C. government agency was closed in 2001. All employees were subjected to a reduction in force. At that time I had 19½ years of service and 867 hours of sick leave. I returned to government employment (another D.C. agency) in 2006 and was put through a reduction in force again in 2010.

Although the break was too long for the hours to be re-credited for regular use, shouldn’t they be in time-in-service calculations for my annuity now?

A. No.


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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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