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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)

Oct 23, 2020

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will introduce a bill today that would correct a retirement issue for several categories of workers who used to be under the District of Columbia retirement system.

In 1997, Congress transferred several categories of workers who participated in D.C.’s defined contribution plan from 1987 to 1997 to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  However, those workers’ service from 1987-1997 was not counted for purposes of creditable service or annuity amount in FERS. In 2009, an enacted Norton bill gave these employees the right to have this service counted for creditable service.

Norton’s new bill would allow these workers to buy into the FERS annuity amount for  1987-1997 by paying 1.3% of their base pay plus interest, essentially the employee contribution for this time.

“It is important that these public servants get the full retirement benefits to which they are entitled,” Norton said. “Employees who served the District deserve to have the entirety of their service counted when determining the amount of the annuity they receive. This is a technical correction that I hope Congress can easily pass.”