CSRS Offset and windfall elimination provision


Q. I am a federal employee who has 21 years of federal service and am under the CSRS Offset retirement plan. I have paid in over 30 years of social security. What would be the percentage of my offset? I have been told that it would be minimal after 30 years of Social Security pay in.

A. The offset to your CSRS annuity would be automatic and would equal the amount of Social Security benefit you earned while a CSRS Offset employee. What would be different is the effect on your Social Security benefit. If you have at least 30 years of substantial coverage under Social Security, that benefit wouldn’t be subject to the windfall elimination provision.


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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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