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 RE-EMPLOYED ANNUITANTS

If you are receiving an annuity from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, you may be hired by the Department of the Navy subject to the Department of Defense policy on the employment of annuitants.

You are not eligible to receive a lump-sum payment for your annual leave when you retire if you will be immediately reemployed in a federal position subject to a formal leave system. If you are reemployed in a federal position after you receive a lump-sum payment for your annual leave you will be required to refund the portion of the lump-sum payment that represents the period between the date of reemployment and the expiration of the lump-sum period.

Your benefits will depend on the date you are hired as a reemployed annuitant and the type of appointment.

  1. Appointments prior to November 25, 2003 – contact the Benefits Line and ask to speak to a retirement specialist.
  2. Appointments on or after November 25, 2003:
    1. If your appointment is temporary or your work schedule is intermittent:
      • Annuity/Salary. You will continue to receive your retirement annuity as well as the full salary for your appointed position.
      • Retirement Coverage. You will contribute to Social Security. You are not eligible to contribute to the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), and you will not earn any service credit toward a supplemental or redetermined annuity.
      • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). You are not eligible to participate in TSP.
      • Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI). If you have a break in service of more than 3 calendar days, your FEGLI will continue as a retiree and premiums will be withheld from your annuity. If the break in service is less than 4 days, your FEGLI will continue as a reemployed annuitant and premiums will be withheld from your salary.
      • Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB). If you have a break in service of more than 3 calendar days, your FEHB will continue as a retiree and premiums will be withheld from your annuity. If the break in service is less than 4 days, your FEHB will continue as an employee and premiums will be withheld from your salary.
      • Flexible Spending Account (FSA). You are not eligible to participate in FSA.
      • Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP). Your FEDVIP will continue as a retiree and premiums will be withheld from your annuity.
    2. If your appointment is permanent or term:
      • Annuity/Salary. You will continue to receive your retirement annuity as well as the full salary for your appointed position.
      • Retirement Coverage. You will contribute to Social Security. You are not eligible to contribute to CSRS or FERS, and you will not earn any service credit toward a supplemental or redetermined annuity.
      • TSP. You are not eligible to participate in TSP.
      • FEGLI Basic, Option A – Standard, or Option C – Family. If you have Basic, Option A, or Option C, as a retiree it will be suspended, coverage will automatically be reinstated as a reemployed annuitant, and premiums will be withheld from your salary.

        If you did not meet the eligibility requirements to continue Basic, Option A, or Option C, into retirement, the coverage will automatically be reinstated as a reemployed annuitant.

        If your break in service is less than 180 days, you will have 31 days from the date of appointment to elect additional FEGLI coverage.

        If you waive Basic, Option A, and/or Option C as a reemployed annuitant, you automatically waive that coverage as a retiree. You will not be eligible to reinstate coverage once you separate from your reemployed annuitant position.
      • FEGLI Option B – Additional. If you have Option B, you must elect whether to continue coverage as a retiree and have the premiums withheld from your annuity, or to reinstate coverage as a reemployed annuitant and have the premiums withheld from your salary.

        If your break in service was 180 days or more, and you do not currently have Option B as a retiree, you may elect this coverage as a reemployed annuitant. If you have fewer than 5 multiples of Option B as a retiree and elect Option B as a reemployed annuitant, you can increase your number of multiples.
      • FEHB. You may elect to transfer your FEHB from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the Department of the Navy. Your premiums will be withheld from your salary on a pre-tax basis which will result in an increase in your take-home pay. This is known as Premium Conversion. Participation in Premium Conversion limits your ability to cancel your FEHB coverage or make a change from a self and family to a self-only enrollment. You will be able to make these changes during open season only or in conjunction with a qualifying life event. If you waive Premium Conversion, your FEHB will be transferred back to OPM, and your FEHB premiums will be deducted from your annuity on an after-tax basis.

        If you are not enrolled in FEHB as a retiree, you will have 60 days to elect FEHB coverage as a reemployed annuitant.
      • FSA. You are eligible for a Health Care Flexible Spending Account or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account. If you are reemployed within 60 days after separation but before the end of the same tax calendar year, the previous election will be reinstated and you will have access to your account. You will not be able to change your allotment (unless you have had a qualifying status change within the 60 days) and you will be required to make up missed allotments.
      • FEDVIP. Your FEDVIP will continue as a retiree.
    3. If your retirement was a Discontinued Service Retirement, contact the Benefits Line and ask to speak to a retirement specialist.

 ACTION REQUIRED AS A REEMPLOYED ANNUITANT HIRED ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 25, 2003

  1. If you are hired on a temporary appointment or an intermittent work schedule, no action is required.
  2. If you are hired on a permanent or a term appointment, you must contact the Benefits Line to:

    • Elect within 60 days of appointment whether to pay FEHB premiums on an after-tax basis as a retiree or on a pre-tax basis as a reemployed annuitant.
    • Elect within 60 days of appointment FEHB coverage as a reemployed annuitant if you are not enrolled in FEHB as a retiree.
    • Elect within 31 days of appointment whether to continue FEGLI Option B coverage as a retiree or reinstate it as a reemployed annuitant.
    • If your break in service is at least 180 days, elect within 31 days of appointment any additional FEGLI coverage.
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