LEO combined with regular service


Q. When I meet my MRA, I plan to retire with 31 years of federal service. The first nine years I worked in law enforcement. How will this affect my retirement? Will I be eligible to draw 1.7 percent for the nine years and 1 percent for the rest of my federal service?

A. No, you won’t. Your entire annuity will be computed using the standard formula: .01 x your high-3 x all years and full months of service.


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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.


  1. I’m in the same boat to say, I had about 8 years as a federal agent, but left government service. My question is, even though I cannot draw 1.7% for these 8 years, can I still use Block 20D “OTHER PAY” for LEO when calculating my HIGH 3 and applying for a civilian retirement?

    • If retirement deductions were taken from that pay, then the answer is yes, if it fell within your highest three consecutive years of average pay. If retirement deductions weren’t taken from that pay, the answer is no.

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