Which Retirement System Do I Belong In – FERCCA Case?

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I’ve recently been notified by HR that I’ve been identified as a FERCCA case and need to choose between CSRS Offset or FERS. I began Federal employment 12/12/83, had a break in service 10/26/86-3/8/87, returned 3/9/87 and have had no other breaks in service. Currently coded as CSRS.

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Asked on July 26, 2017 8:33 pm
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If you did not elect to transfer to FERS, and you never had FICA withheld from your paycheck (you can check by setting up a mySSA account with Social Security Administration and you'll be able to view your Social Security and Medicare wages for each year, the Social Security column would be 0 and the Medicare would be the 1.45% withhheld for CSRS employess), then you are CSRS.

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Answered on March 28, 2022 9:16 pm
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Based on your statements above, it appears you could be CSRS because you were hired prior to 12/31/1983 and your break in service was less than one year. A couple of questions to further clarify. When you were hired on 12/12/1983, were you covered by CSRS? When you returned to federal service 03/09/1987, what retirement coverage did you have. And final question, what rationale did they give you for being FERCCA?

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Answered on July 26, 2017 11:31 pm
<p>When I was hired in 12/83 I was covered under CSRS. When I returned after my break in service in 3/87, I was covered under CSRS. </p> <p>My HR office has flipped back and forth on an opinion as to which system I belong under. Based on my research I believe I belong under CSRS. Most recently my HR office concurred that I belong under CSRS, but given they have changed their opinion back and forth at least three times, I have little confidence in their most recent determination. </p> <p>I&#8217;ve asked them to consult with OPM for a review and determination, but they have refused. They advised I will have to wait until the time of retirement and processing of my retirement paperwork for OPM review. </p> <p>Thank you much!!</p>
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OH MY GOODNESS…I certainly hope not. I cannot believe they think it should be held until retirement…this issue needs to be clarified now. The good news is, it really sounds like you ARE covered by the correct retirement plan.

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Answered on August 31, 2017 7:40 pm
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lastoftheCSRSers: The problem COULD be if the agency made an error, placing someone erroneously in CSRS, then you are correct, there would be no FICA deductions but that doesn’t always mean there was no error by the agency.

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Answered on March 28, 2022 10:42 pm