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Can Railroad Retirement and Federal Civil Service Credits Be Combined?
(Posted June 30, 2004)
Question 472: I am a federal employee, age 54, with 25 years in the Civil Service Retirement System. I worked for a railroad for 56 months (from August 1972 through April 1977). Is there any way to combine my 56 months paid to federal Railroad Retirement with my creditable civil service?
Answer: Although both systems are administered by the federal government, railroad and civil service credits cannot be combined.
If you are not vested for Railroad Retirement when you retire or die, your Railroad Retirement credits will be transferred to Social Security and combined with any credits you might have under that system.
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