Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Extra credit for intel?

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Q. I understand that if one works for the intelligence community in an overseas assignment, one receives extra credit toward the number of years worked. In CSRS, it is 0.5 percent for each of the first five years and then 0.25 percent for the next five years. Where can I find this regulation such that I can make sure I receive this when I retire, since I am no longer in the intelligence community?

A. I’m not aware of any such provision and suspect that the idea of receiving extra credit for time not actually served is just another troublemaking urban legend.

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