What are the retirement rules when you convert from foreign service to civil service?

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I was foreign service for over a decade and then converted to a civil service job in another department and have continued to work for another decade. There was no break in my government employment. Should I be looking at the FERs retirement rules or the foreign service retirement rules? What number of years should I be using to calculate the date I can retire?

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Asked on February 26, 2020 3:39 pm
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If you are currently FERS, in order for your Foreign Service work history to be included in your FERS service history, you must take a refund of your Foreign Service retirement contributions and redeposit them plus interest into FERS.Chapter 20 of the CSRS FERS Handbook states: A period of service that was creditable under the Foreign Service Pension System (FSPS), if the employee waives credit for such service under FSPS and makes a payment to the retirement fund equal to the amount that would have been deducted from pay (plus interest) had the employee been subject to FERS coverage during such period of service. In the FAM manual, https://fam.state.gov/FAM/03FAM/03FAM6130.html please read section 3 FAM 6133.8 Transfer of FSRDS/FSPS Contributions to CSRS/FERS for instructions.

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Answered on February 26, 2020 4:02 pm
Thank you for responding. I can't say that I understand. How would I go about getting a refund for my Foreign Service retirement contributions? No one told me about this when I transferred agencies.
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If you click on the FAM link, it explains the process necessary to execute this. And, your HRO should be able to assist in completing this action.

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Answered on February 26, 2020 4:45 pm