U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

Regulations most recently checked for updates: Jul 14, 2024

§ 847.101 - Purpose and scope.

(a) This part contains the regulations issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to implement the statutory election rights of certain current and former NAFI employees under the Portability of Benefits for Nonappropriated Fund Employees Act of 1990, section 1043 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996, and sections 1131 and 1132 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002.

(b) This part establishes—

(1) The eligibility requirements for making an election;

(2) The procedures for making elections;

(3) The methodologies to determine the employee costs associated with the elections; and

(4) The methodologies to calculate benefits that include credit for NAFI service based on such elections.

(c)(1) The regulations in this part apply to individuals covered by CSRS or FERS (and their survivors) and the employers of such individuals. The Department of Defense and the U.S. Coast Guard will issue any necessary regulations to implement these election rights to the extent they affect NAFI retirement systems under their jurisdiction.

(2) The regulations in this part apply only to CSRS benefits and FERS basic benefits. They do not apply to benefits under the Thrift Savings Plan described in subchapter III of chapter 84, of title 5, United States Code.

[61 FR 41721, Aug. 9, 1996, as amended at 68 FR 2179, Jan. 16, 2003]

§ 847.102 - Regulatory structure.

(a)(1) Subpart A of this part contains information applicable to all elections under this part.

(2) Subpart B of this part contains information about prospective retirement coverage elections under sections 8347(q) and 8461(n) of title 5, United States Code.

(3) Subpart C of this part contains information about the procedures applicable to retroactive retirement coverage and alternative credit elections under section 1043(c)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996.

(4) Subpart D of this part contains information about the types of retroactive elections available, the eligibility requirements for each type of election, the effects of an election on CSRS and FERS coverage during future employment, and the effective dates of CSRS and FERS coverage applicable to elections under section 1043(c)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996.

(5) Subpart E of this part contains information about transferring retirement contributions in connection with elections under section 1043(c)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996.

(6) Subpart F of this part contains information about determining the employee costs associated with elections under section 1043(c)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996.

(7) Subpart G of this part contains information about benefits indirectly affected by elections under section 1043(c)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996.

(8) Subpart H of this part contains information about elections to credit NAFI service to qualify for immediate retirement under section 1132 of Public Law 107-107, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002.

(9) Subpart I of this part contains information about how benefits are computed when employees elect to credit NAFI service to qualify for immediate retirement under section 1132 of Public Law 107-107, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002.

(b) Section 831.305 of this chapter contains information about CSRS credit for NAFI service performed after June 18, 1952, but before January 1, 1966.

(c)(1) Part 831 of this chapter contains information about the Civil Service Retirement System.

(2) Parts 841 through 844 of this chapter contain information about FERS basic benefits.

(3) Part 837 of this chapter contains information about reemployment of annuitants.

(4) Part 870 of this chapter contains information about the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program.

(5) Part 890 of this chapter contains information about coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

(6) Chapter II (parts 1200 through 1299) of this title contains information about appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board.

(7) Chapter VI (parts 1600 through 1699) of this title contains information about the Federal Employees Thrift Savings Plan.

[61 FR 41721, Aug. 9, 1996, as amended at 68 FR 2179, Jan. 16, 2003]

§ 847.103 - Definitions.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, the definitions in sections 8331 and 8401 of title 5, United States Code, apply throughout this part.

(b) In this part—

Actuarial present value means the amount of monthly annuity at time of retirement multiplied by the applicable present value factor.

Age means the number of years an individual has been alive as of his or her last birthday.

Agency means an executive agency as defined in section 105 of title 5, United States Code; a legislative branch agency; a judicial agency; and the U.S. Postal Service and Postal Rate Commission.

Annuitant means a retiree or a survivor.

CSRS or FERS means the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees Retirement System as described in chapters 83 and 84 of title 5, United States Code.

Deferred annuity date means the earliest date on which a retiree would be eligible, without credit for the NAFI service, to receive a deferred annuity based on his or her actual date of separation.

Deficiency means the remainder of the actuarial present value of crediting NAFI service, after subtracting the amount credited to the employee from a transfer to the Fund under subpart E of this part, and earnings under § 847.507 on the transferred amount.

Employee contributions with interest means the dollar amount deducted from an employee's pay for retirement system participation, plus any amounts the employee deposited for civilian service credit under the retirement system, and interest, if any, payable under § 841.605 of this chapter (for FERS) or under applicable NAFI retirement system rules.

Fund means the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund established in section 8348 of title 5, United States Code.

Government contributions means the dollar amount which was contributed on behalf of an employee by his or her employer for retirement system participation.

Monthly annuity rate means the amount of the monthly single life annuity under CSRS or FERS (computed without regard to any survivor benefit reductions computed under sections 8339 (j) or (k), and 8418 through 8420 of title 5, United States Code), before any offset relating to benefits under the Social Security Act under section 8349 of title 5, United States Code, but after including any reduction for age (5 U.S.C. 8339(h) or 8415(f)) or for crediting nondeduction civilian service performed before October 1, 1982 (5 U.S.C.A. 8339(i), note).

NAFI means a nonappropriated fund instrumentality described in section 2105(c) of title 5, United States Code.

Present value factor has the same meaning in this part as defined in § 842.602.

Retiree means a former employee who, on the basis of his or her service meets all the requirements for title to a CSRS or FERS annuity and files claim therefor.

Survivor means a widow, widower, or former spouse entitled to a CSRS or FERS annuity based on the service of a deceased employee, separated employee, or retiree.

[61 FR 41721, Aug. 9, 1996, as amended at 68 FR 2179, Jan. 16, 2003; 82 FR 49282, Oct. 25, 2017]

§ 847.104 -

(a) OPM will issue guidance to employing agencies to use when notifying their employees about the opportunity to make an election under this part and for counseling employees in connection with the election.

(b) OPM will issue instructions to agencies concerning the transfer of funds and recordkeeping in connection with these elections.

(c) OPM will determine if an employee who wishes to make an election under 5 CFR part 847, subpart H, is eligible to make such an election, and OPM's determination is subject to reconsideration under 5 CFR part 831, subpart A, or 5 CFR part 841, subpart C.

[61 FR 41721, Aug. 9, 1996, as amended at 68 FR 2179, Jan. 16, 2003]

§ 847.105 - Agency responsibilities.

(a) Each agency is responsible for notifying its employees of the opportunity to make an election under this part and for determining if an employee who wishes to make an election under subparts B and D of this part is qualified to do so, and for counseling employees in accordance with guidance issued by OPM.

(b) If an agency determines that an employee is not eligible to make an election under subparts B and D of this part, the agency shall issue a final decision to the employee that meets the requirements of § 847.106, including notice of the right to appeal under § 847.107.

[68 FR 2179, Jan. 16, 2003]

§ 847.106 - Agency decision concerning eligibility.

(a) If the agency determines that the employee is not eligible to make an election under subpart B or D of this part, it must issue a final decision to the employee.

(b) A final decision shall be in writing, shall fully set forth the findings and conclusions of the agency, and shall contain notice of the right to request an appeal provided in § 847.107.

[61 FR 41721, Aug. 9, 1996, as amended at 68 FR 2179, Jan. 16, 2003]

§ 847.107 - Appeals to MSPB.

(a) An individual whose rights or interests under the CSRS or FERS are affected by a final decision of the employing agency may request the Merit Systems Protection Board to review such decision in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Board.

(b) Paragraph (a) of this section is the exclusive remedy for review of agency decisions concerning eligibility to make an election under subparts B and D of this part. An agency decision must not allow review under any employee grievance procedures, including those established by 5 U.S.C. chapter 71, and 5 CFR part 771.

[61 FR 41721, Aug. 9, 1996, as amended at 68 FR 2179, Jan. 16, 2003]

§ 847.108 - Computation of time.

In computing a period of time for filing documents, the day of the action or event after which the designated period of time begins to run is not included. The last day of the period is included unless it is a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday; in this event, the period runs until the end of the next day which is not a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday.