Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Option to opt out of FERS?

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Q: With the impending increase to our Federal Employees Retirement System contributions, can anyone opt out of FERS?

A: There isn’t an impending increase in FERS contributions, only proposals. Whether anyone would be able to opt out if such a change were made would depend on the wording in the law. However, such a provision would be highly unlikely.

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  1. MAZ Says:
    July 7th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I think everyone can opt out … you can quite your job and go private industry or retire … if you work for the Feds those are the only two ways to not participate in FERS … but hey what do I know.