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H.R. 2478: Federal Retirement Fairness Act

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Should a once-seasonal government employee, such as a firefighter for a national park in the summer, have that temporary service count towards their retirement?


The federal government employs many temporary or seasonal workers, including firefighters for national parks during the fire season, Census counters and tabulators during the decennial survey, and more. The government used to permit such employees — who could not make retirement contributions — to make “catch-up payments” towards their retirement if they later became permanent employees.

However, that practice ended in the late 1980s after the government had instituted a new plan called the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). This means such temporary-turned-permanent government employees have to work more years than they’d like to — or are able to — or else retire early without the full retirement ...

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Derek Kilmer

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 6th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 2, 2019
Length: 2 pages
May 2, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on May 2, 2019

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May 2, 2019

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