Contractors and buying back time


Q. Can I buy back government contract time and count it as civil service time? I worked more than 13 years as a Defense Department contractor, with a clearance in continental U.S. and outside CONUS positions.  I performed the same information technology duties and responsibilities as the soldiers and Department of the Army civilians. I’ve been working as a DA civilian for over three years, and it would be nice to have these years count toward my civil service time.

A. No, you can’t.


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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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