Federal Employees Retirement System Washington

Retirement The Federal Employees Retirement System Washington (FERS) is the current retirement system for all federal civilian workers hired after 1983, FERS was enacted in June 1986 to replace the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) in an attempt to put federal retirement plans in line with those in the private sector.

Federal Employees Retirement System WashingtonUnder FERS, workers who leave before eligibility for immediate benefits can begin to receive benefits earlier than those under CSRS. The federal government has made a political commitment in securing retirement benefits with its retired employees. Only an unforeseen change in law would prevent them from honoring such a commitment.

Eligibility to Retire

Workers with 5 years of service may begin to receive benefits at age 62. Workers with 20 years of service have benefits payable at age 60. After a worker attains 30 years of service, benefits are available at the “minimum retirement age- (MRA).

Starting in 2002, the MRA began to climb by 2 months per year in concert with the gradual rise in the age of unreduced benefits under Social Security. As a result, the MRA reached age 56 in 2009 where it will remain until 2021. It then starts increasing by 2 months per year again making the MRA 57 in 2026.

Retirement Annuities and Survivor Benefits

In the event of death to the retiree, a provision can be made under FERS giving continuing benefits to survivors. If you are married and elect a survivor annuity upon retirement, your annuity will be computed automatically.

To provide an annuity to your widow or widower. To prevent this, you and your spouse must submit in writing that you do not wish your spouse to receive an annuity upon your death. Assuming the option stays in force, your monthly income will be reduced and your survivor will received. Either an annuity of 50% of your full annuity, or 25% of your full annuity if you and your spouse elected the reduced amount in writing.

In order to pay for the survivor annuity, your own annuity will be reduced. By 10% for the 50% benefit, or 5% for the 25% benefit.

Reduced Benefits for Early Retirement

Workers with 10 years of service are eligible to retire at the MRA with reduced benefits. For each year under the age of 62 that the worker retires, a 5% reduction will be applied to such benefits. This Early Retirement option is not offered under CSRS.

The formula used to compute Federal Employees Retirement System Washington FERS retirement benefits will depend on the age of retirement, years of service, and the “High-3” average salary.

If a retiree is (1) under age 62: 1% x “High-3″ average x years of service.
(2) at least 62 and has at least 20 years of service: 1.1 % x-High-3” average x years of service.

Federal Employees Retirement System Washington FERS – Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Air Traffic Controllers

  • Can retire with unreduced benefits at age 50 with at least 20 years of creditable service. Or any age with 25 or more years of creditable service.
  • Formula: 1.7% per year for the first 20 years x “High 3” + 1% per year over 20 years x “High 3”.
  • Contributions: 1.3% of salary, plus Social Security and Medicare.
  • 2013 FERS RAE— Hired on or after January 1, 2013 until December 31, 2014 contribution 3.6′,0, plus Social Security and Medicare.
  • 2014  FERS FRAE — Hired on or after January 1, 2014, contribution 4.9% Military Reserve Technicians.
  • Can retire with unreduced benefits at age 50 with at least 20 years of creditable.

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