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Combining Railroad Credits with Federal Civil Service
(Posted May 1, 2004)
Question 444: I have 10 years of vested Railroad Retirement service as a railroad "Special Agent" police officer. I am considering a Federal Civil Service position either as an investigator or similar position. Is there any way to combine Railroad Retirement credits with the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)?
Answer: There is no provision in any of the retirement systems you cited to combine or transfer credits between Railroad Retirement and the two Federal retirement systems. But you are vested for Railroad Retirement. You also might be vested for one of the other federal retirement programs.
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