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Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)

The Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) is a defined benefit, contributory retirement system. You are under CSRS if:

  1. You were first hired prior to January 1, 1984 in a covered position (CSRS retirement contributions were withheld), or
  2. You were rehired under a covered position after a break in service of less then one year from a CSRS position.

You are covered under the CSRS Offset if you were rehired in a covered position after a break in service of more than one year and had at least five years of creditable civilian service by January 1, 1987. Your retirement options are the same as a CSRS employee.

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