Fedweek

Interim rules published in the April 12 Federal Register carry out a provision enacted into law last year repealing the old “dual-compensation” rules that reduced the military retired or retainer pay of some military retirees employed as federal workers. One of those provisions capped the combined total of federal and military retired pay for all military retirees and the other partly reduced retired pay of retired officers of a uniformed service’s regular component. The notice, published by the Office of Personnel Management, notes that the change does not affect rules limiting service credit and veterans’ preference that are designed to ensure that military retirees do not receive unfair advantage in pay and tenure over other veterans. Unlike other former service members, military retirees generally cannot count their service time as creditable civilian service for reduction-in-force, annual leave accrual and retirement purposes.