Although Gallaudet is a private institution, by an Act of Congress the University is able to participate into two Federal retirement programs: the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  Employees who were hired prior to January 1, 1984 were placed into CSRS.  By law, CSRS-covered employees are excluded from Social Security coverage and do not pay Social Security payroll taxes.  In 1983, there were some amendments to the Social Security Act.  Among the changes was mandatory Social Security coverage for most employees hired after December 31, 1983.   As a result, the Civil Service Retirement System was replaced with the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and required all new employees hired after December 31, 1983 to be covered by Social Security. Employees covered under CSRS were given the option to remain with this system or to transfer to FERS.  

Employees who were covered under CSRS prior to 1984, left, and later return to Gallaudet or to Federal service, are eligible to reenter CSRS if they had at least five years of creditable service. However, if the break-in service is longer than one year, the employee becomes covered by Social Security. These employees are considered "CSRS Offset," meaning that CSRS benefits are offset by Social Security benefits. Returning employees eligible for reentry into CSRS, either with or without Social Security coverage, may choose total coverage under FERS as long as the election is made during the first six months after rehire. Employees without five years of creditable service under CSRS are automatically enrolled in FERS with previous service credited under the FERS program.

CSRS employees contribute 7% of their basic pay towards the Civil Service Retirement Fund

For more information on each plan, please see below:

Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and CSRS Offset

Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP): TSP is a retirement savings and investment plan that is available to all Gallaudet employees.  Each pay period Gallaudet deposits 1% of basic pay into each FERS employee's TSP account.  FERS employees can also make their own contributions and will receive matching contributions of the first 5% of pay that they contribute each pay period from Gallaudet University. These contributions are tax-deferred.  For more information, please visit the TSP website.

For all new hires or for those who need a refresher on the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), please go here