LEO special category retirement and hiring


Q. Does a law enforcement officer or firefighter have to work 20 years consecutively to be eligible for special retirement coverage? Also, if an applicant is beyond his/her 37th birthday, could the agency hire them for the LEO or firefighter position?

A. No, the covered service doesn’t need to be consecutive. Yes, an agency could hire you if you are older than 37. However, it’s entirely up to them whether they’ll do that.


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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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