Q. I understand that the Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act addresses situations like mine, where I started federal service in 1980, took a break in service from 1983 to 1986 to attend grad school, then returned to federal service in 1986. When I returned, I asked if I could re-establish CSRS. I was told I could not and that I had to go on FERS. Was I eligible for CSRS offset, even though I only had 3 years of CSRS prior to December 1987?
A. No, you weren’t eligible. Because you had fewer than 5 years of CSRS service before January 1, 1987. You were correctly placed in FERS.