Law enforcement retirement eligibility


Q. I have 31 years of federal service with the National Park Service. I have 18½ years of law enforcement service (because the Firefighter and Law Enforcement Retirement Team took away four permanent years of law enforcement service). I will be 60 in September. Is it possible for the government to give me an early retirement and give me the last year of the 20-year retirement special pay (January 2014 instead of January 2015)? Or do I need to work the last year to get the 20-year special pay. The early-out and incentive payment may be offered soon.

A. No. You have to have 20 years of actual LEO service to be entitled to the more generous annuity computation.


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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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