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Employment Opportunities for Retired Federal Employees

The NIH strives to recruit and retain the best employees to carry out our important mission.

We are actively seeking former Federal employees to:

  • Act as mentors to entry and mid-level staff;
  • Provide on-the-job training and coaching;
  • Work on short-term projects and/or surges;
  • Provide a knowledge pool for best practices;
  • Provide support to program managers.

And did you know the NIH ranked # 1 in the AARP’s “Best Employer for Workers Over 50” in 2013 - the first Federal agency to ever make the list! See why at AARP-best-employers-2013 External Web Site.

Whether you retired under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)(PDF), CSRS-Offset, or the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS)(PDF), you could be eligible for non-competitive appointments in NIH.

Advantages to working as a reemployed annuitant at NIH:

  1. Opportunity to be part of the NIH mission
  2. Opportunity to shape our future leaders
  3. Return to a familiar employment system
  4. Competitive salary
  5. Supplement your retirement income
  6. No impact on your retirement benefit (unless disability or discontinued service retirement)
  7. Potential increase in your retirement benefit (CSRS/FERS, Social Security (SS) and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP))
  8. Potential for tax-deferred and tax exempt salary
  9. Potential eligibility for Federal benefits such as health, dental, vision and life insurance and Flexible Spending Accounts
  10. Earn annual and sick leave (except intermittent work schedules)
  11. Receive holiday pay (except intermittent work schedules)
  12. Flexible work schedules

Little Known Facts about Reemployed Annuitants:

  1. CSRS retirees continue to be excluded from Social Security tax not true for contract work.
  2. CSRS and FERS reemployed annuitants are eligible to contribute to TSP.
  3. FERS retirees are immediately eligible for Agency TSP contributions no waiting period to receive the automatic 1% and matching contributions.
  4. The Office of Personnel Management allows, in limited situations, authority for waiving the annuity offset - of course you lose the potential for increased retirement benefits if the waiver is approved.
  5. The annual leave accrual rate is the same rate as when you retired - in most cases this means you earn 8 hours for each 80 hours you work.
This page last reviewed on June 19, 2014

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