Bill for Injured First Responders Passes the House

The House passed NTEU-supported legislation that would help fix inequities in retirement benefits for federal first responders, including law enforcement officers, who are injured on the job.

Federal first responders are entitled to an annuity after serving for 20 years and reaching age 50. They pay more of their salary into their retirement system, and their annuity is calculated at a higher rate than other federal employees who make payments over 30 years. In cases where a federal first responder is injured and moves to a different civil service position that is not eligible for this enhanced annuity, they lose that higher annuity rate and lose eligibility to retire after 20 years of service. Additionally, these employees are not reimbursed for the higher contributions they made to the enhanced retirement system.