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December 2021

Federal Law Enforcement and Firefighter Retirement

By Kimberly H. Berry,

Federal law enforcement officers and firefighters are covered by special provisions of the U.S. Code located in Title 5 for purposes of their retirement.  Many issues can arise with respect to this type of retirement coverage, but the following is a summary of this type of federal retirement. This type of retirement coverage is available to those federal employees who have been employed as a federal law enforcement officer, firefighter (and a few other types of employees) as defined by statute.  While rare, a combination of these types of federal employment (e.g. law enforcement and firefighter) can also provide eligibility. This type of specialized federal retirement coverage is intended to enhance retirement provisions for these types of employees given the nature of their public safety service. Congress has recognized the potential issues in longevity and risks in such professions and provided enhanced retirement provisions.

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