Can I transfer federal agencies while retiring with full benefits?


The following is a question submitted by a Federal Times reader about retirement and other issues facing the federal workforce. He is answered by Reg Jones, founding member of the Executive Service and columnist for the Federal Times since 1995.

Question: I am currently 46 years old with 24 years of Leo service with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Can I transfer to another agency in a non-Leo position and continue to retire one year later and receive all the benefits?

Reply from Reg: Law enforcement officers covered by FERS can retire at age 50 with 20 years of service or at any age with 25 years. If you leave a law enforcement officer position for an uncovered position before meeting the retirement eligibility requirements, you will have to wait until you meet the eligibility requirements for that position. post not covered. In your case, you could retire at the earliest at age 57 with 30 years of service. For more information, go to

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Reg Jones is the resident expert on retirement and the federal government at the Federal Times. From 1979 to 1995, he was deputy director of the US Office of Personnel Management, responsible for recruitment and examinations, white and blue collar compensation, retirement, insurance and other matters. The opinions expressed are his own.


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