Is ‘When Actually Employed’ Service Treated Differently From Full-Time Service?

Is WAE (When Actually Employed) service treated differently from full-time service?

Q.  I’ve read your articles on length of service and noticed that you did not address WAE (When Actually Employed) service. Is it treated differently from full-time service?

A.  Yes it is. For length of service purposes, both WAE and intermittent service are counted as the number of hours you actually worked. Therefore, if during a year you only worked nine months as a WAE or intermittent employee, you would only receive service credit for the nine months you actually worked.

This is different from how part-time service is calculated. If you worked a part-time schedule for a year, you would be given a full year of service credit. However, when calculating you annuity, the amount you receive would be prorated by a factor derived by dividing the hours you actually worked by the hours you could have worked if you had a full-time schedule.

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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.