Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Temporary employee and creditable service

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Q. Initially, I was a temporary federal employee (1/3/88-6/17/90; two years, five months) who then became permanent. I bought back time toward retirement from 1/3/88 to 12/31/88. My understanding was, due to laws changing my temporary employment status, the period from 1/1/89 to 6/17/90 could not be bought back for creditable service. Is that still the case? My year and five months after 1/1/89 was lost toward retirement service years.

A. Yes, it is still the case. That later period of temporary employment isn’t creditable for retirement purposes.

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