Q. I am a FERS employee who did a one-year-and-one-day residency (366 days) at the Veterans Affairs Department. During this residency, I was a full-time (40-hour-a-week) employee receiving benefits (health care, annual leave, sick leave, etc.). However, I did not contribute to FERS or the Thrift Savings Plan during this year and my “term” of employment was allotted for only one year. After the residency, I was hired as a full-time employee at VA contributing to the FERS pension, and I still continue to work in the VA system.
1. Does this one year of residency count as a year of service toward my retirement in FERS?
2. Does this one year of residency count as a year of service toward my TSP computation date?
A. All federal civilian service counts toward TSP vesting requirements.