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#1 Posted : Monday, August 07, 2017 9:11:24 PM(UTC)

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Hello I have 7 years service with IRS and one with USDA. If get a CORE FEMA position, does the two year contract count towards my federal service?
#2 Posted : Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:18:42 AM(UTC)

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Creditable service under FERS usually includes Federal covered service, that is, service in which the individual's pay is subject to FERS retirement deductions, such as service under a career or career conditional appointment.

Since FEMA CORE positions are intended to be temporary, are not career or career conditional, and are not Title 5 positions, it is possible that FERS deductions will not be made. If FERS deductions are not made, then the time will not count. Generally, non-deduction service cannot be credited for retirement purposes unless (a) it was performed before 1989; and (b) a deposit is made.

Please also visit https://www.fema.gov/med...core_vacancies_faqs.pdf. There, you will read, "Do the Incident Management CORE positions carry with them benefits such as medical, retirement, sick leave, and vacation? The full time work schedule affords employees these benefits."

A previous poster at https://forum.federalsou...s&t=24594#post234288 seven years ago wrote that FEMA CORE employees receive all benefits, including retirement.

Your real question is whether FEMA CORE service is service in which the individual's pay is subject to FERS retirement deductions. I recommend you ask that particular question to your FEMA HR contact, and let us know the answer you get.

Best wishes!

Edited by user Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:19:26 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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