Can LEO Employees Extend Their Service Outside of Law Enforcement to Become Eligible for the 1.1% Annuity Computation?

Can a law enforcement employee extend working years in a non-law enforcement capacity to become eligible for the 1.1% FERS annuity calculation?

Q: Is it possible for an employee who did the 20 year minimum in a law enforcement (LEO) agency to lateral over to a non-LEO capacity to continue working to 62, or earn 30 working years? If so, will said employee be eligible for the 1.1% annuity calculation instead of the 1%, earned after the 20 years of 1.7% as an LEO?


  1. Yes it is possible to transfer to a non-LEO position to extend your service.
  2. No it will not make one eligible for the 1.1% factor.  Those covered under the special provisions for LEOs, etc. are specifically excluded from the 1.1% computation factor.

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John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a firm that provides pre-retirement training and seminars to a wide variety of federal agencies. FCE’s instructors are all retired federal retirement specialists who educate class participants on the ins and outs of federal retirement and benefits; there is never an attempt to influence participants to invest a certain way, or to purchase any financial products. John and FCE specialize in retirement for special category employees, such as law enforcement officers.