Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Rehire after retirement; length or service to reach 80 percent annuity

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Q. Are there new rules as to how long a civil service employee can be retired and return to work as a federal employee? I was always told five years.

Also, do CSRS employees have to work 42 years to get 80 percent of their salary?

A. There’s no limit on the time you can be retired and still go back to work for the government.

An employee would have to work for 41 years and 11 months to receive an annuity that reached the 80 percent limit.

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  1. Anon Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I believe CSRS employees must work 41 years and 11 months to retire at an 80% annuity, not 42 years and 11 months.

  2. Reg Jones Says:
    April 10th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for catching the typo.