Social Security and CSRS Earnings

By on May 26, 2014 in Q&A, Retirement with 5 Comments

Q: In calculating the 35 highest earnings years for WEP and Social Security, indexed for inflation, does that include the earnings that a CSRS retiree earned while employed in their federal positions? I am assuming it does since the “penalty” is being exacted in cutting the first multiplying factor in half.

A: Sorry, but it does not.  It only includes money earned in Social Security covered employment.  Our earnings for those years come up as “0” in our Social Security earnings record.

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John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.