'Buying in' and the special retirement supplement


Q. I was a civilian multiple-term employee who finally became a career employee but was never told by the wonderful people in human resources that I needed to “buy in.” Many years later, when I finally found out on my own, I had to pay thousands of dollars in accumulated interest when I bought in. But am I bought in just for the annuity or for the Social Security supplement, as well?

A. That service will be used for both the computation of your annuity and the special retirement supplement.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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