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

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By on September 29, 2018 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

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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 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.