Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

FERS employment and computation dates

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Q. I am a FERS employee with approximately 28 years of service. Do service computation dates for leave normally vary substantially from service computation dates for retirement? What factors might cause an SCD for leave to be different from an SCD for retirement? At the beginning of my career, as an AF dependent, I worked GS jobs overseas on excepted appointments. I know I received credit for SCD for leave for that service, and I assume I received credit toward retirement from the time served in those appointments as well.

A. The rules governing leave accrual rates and retirement are different.

Those for leave are more encompassing, while those for retirement are more restrictive. For example, periods of employment after Jan. 1, 1989, from which retirement deductions weren’t taken are never creditable under FERS.

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