Full Retirement as Law Enforcement, but Continue Federal Career?


Can someone step down from a LE position after completing 20 years of Federal LE at the age of 44 and continue to work in a federal non-LE position until the age of 50? If so, can the person still retire with full LE benefits (medical. annuity, SS Annuity) at the age of 50?

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Asked on April 14, 2021 6:28 pm
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YES! The key is you remain with the federal government until you turn age 50. Then at age 50, with your 20 years of LEO service, you can retire under the special provisions which will entitle you to collecting the FERS retiree supplement immediately with no earnings test until you reach the Minimum Retirement Age of, probably for you, 57. Also, you will begin to receive Cost of Living Adjustments immediately, and since you will be retiring under the special provisions with an enhanced annuity computation in the year you are age 50 or older, you will have access to your TSP without penalty. My only caution is to be 110% sure you have the required 20 years documented before you switch positions.

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Answered on April 14, 2021 6:43 pm
I have a follow on question regarding rzalvarados question above. Would your answer still apply if there was a break in service after having completed 20 years in the LE position? For example, if I worked in my LE position for at least 20 years, made a creditable service deposit for 3 years of military time, then resigned @ age 46. I then work outside of the federal government for 2 years, before I take a non-LE federal job and work at that job until age 50. If I then retire under the special provisions @ age 50, would the 2 year break in service damage my eligibility for the Social Security supplement?
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