Bill would give former temp feds earlier retirement

Federal workers who were originally hired as temporary employees, but then later converted to a full-time employee will be able to retire sooner under a bill introduced this week.

Under the bipartisan legislation—the Federal Retirement Fairness Act—employees who transitioned into full-time positions will be able to retroactively contribute to their retirements for the time they worked as temporary employees.

Currently, former temporary federal employees do not have the same retirement benefits as full-time employees and are offered two options: retire with a lower level of benefits than their counterparts, or work for more years to receive the same benefits. 

“This bill lets people retire securely and on time. Workers shouldn’t have to put their physical health at risk because some government red tape says they should work longer than their peers,” Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) said in a statement.

The federal government changed its retirement system in 1989, and the first generation of retirees under the change is now feeling its effects.

When the government switched to the new retirement system, the authority for the buy-backs ended; the bill would solve this problem by making the authority law.

Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) also supports the bill, contending that it is only right that [federal employees] receive the accurate benefits for the years that they worked.” 

Reader comments

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

I started as a seasonal employee in 1988. I’ve bought that time back. I have 2.5 years after that I’d love to buy. Hope this passes and becomes law.

Mon, Apr 16, 2018

When will they decide this? They are so disconnected from federal employees, no oversight by any on the new proposed agenda of benefits. It will be another quick push thru that no one reads. Just Votes

Wed, Mar 28, 2018

Don’t worry about the temp employees. They knew they were temp. Worry about your career employees that government is trying to stiff.

Wed, Mar 28, 2018

If worry about fair look at the difference in FERS and CSRS. We have work longer (older) than they did to get full benefits.

Wed, Mar 28, 2018

The retirement system happened in 1984

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