Does a 1 yr VA dental residency in 1985-86 count towards FERS retirement?


I worked at HHS in 2000’s and qualify for FERS retirement.

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If you were a VA dental resident in 1985-1986 and you made a deposit for this service, yes, it could count towards your FERS retirement. You state “I worked at HHS in 2000s and qualify for FERS retirement.”
For service to count for retirement, the service for which full FERS deductions were made and not refunded and non-deduction service (that is, temporary or intermittent service) performed prior to January 1, 1989, if a deposit for such service was made before separation.
OPM states: Since service is not creditable under FERS unless it is paid for, a former employee must have 5 years of paid service at the time of separation to have title to a deferred annuity.
A deposit payment to obtain title at the time of application is not permitted. If he or she has 5 years of paid service, then any additional unpaid service can be paid while OPM is processing the annuity application.

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