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H.R. 2478: Federal Retirement Fairness Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 2, 2019 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

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 ...



1st Session

H. R. 2478


May 2, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Cole) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform


To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that civilian service in a temporary position after December 31, 1988, may be creditable service under the Federal Employees Retirement System, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Retirement Fairness Act.


Creditable service for temporary employees serving after 1988


In general

Section 8411(3) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking performed before January 1, 1989,.



The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to any individual who is an employee (as that term is defined in paragraph (11) of section 8401 of title 5, United States Code), including temporary employees of the United States Postal Service, or a Member (as that term is defined in paragraph (20) of such section) on or after the date of enactment of this Act.



The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall notify agency Chief Human Capital Officers or other appropriate agency officials for purposes of providing notice to employees and Members who are eligible to make a deposit for service by operation of the amendment made by subsection (a).



The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall promulgate regulations to carry out this Act and the amendments made by this Act.