Special Retirement Policy for Federal Law Enforcement and Firefighter Personnel Needs Reevaluation

FPCD-76-97: Published: Feb 24, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1977.

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The adequacy, effectiveness, and reasonableness of the government's policy of providing earlier and more generous retirement benefits to federal law enforcement and firefighter personnel were investigated.

The law currently authorizes these special retirement benefits for about 52,000 federal employees. The purpose of the special retirement law is to improve the quality of law enforcement and firefighting services by helping to maintain a young, vigorous work force. The more generous benefits are provided to make earlier retirement economically feasible. The special retirement policy is an expensive method of marginally reducing the age of retirement. Covered employees are not retiring much earlier than employees under regular civil service retirement provisions.

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