VERA and covered law enforcement work


Q. I am a federal law enforcement officer with more than 30 years of CSRS service. I do not have 20 years of federal law enforcement coverage, a main reason I remain on duty. Would I be eligible for VERA or VSIP, and by participating, would I receive the 18 months I need to attain 20 years in a covered position? Twenty years of law enforcement coverage computes to 50 percent of my high-3 plus the remaining years. I need 18 months of additional law enforcement time on duty to be eligible for a law enforcement retirement calculation. Does VERA provide an opportunity to accrue that time without having to remain on duty?

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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