1007.Social Security Coverage for Police Officers and Firefighters Under a Retirement System
1007.1Can police officers and firefighters, covered by a retirement system, be covered for Social Security under a Section 218 agreement?
Yes. Police officers and firefighters covered by a retirement system can be covered under a Section 218 agreement (see §1000.2). However, the State must first conduct a majority vote referendum, or, if allowed, a divided vote referendum. Prior to August 15,1994, only the following 23 States (including interstate instrumentalities) were authorized to provide coverage for police officer and firefighter positions under a retirement system:
1007.2Who is included in the retirement system coverage group for a majority vote referendum?
If a majority vote referendum is favorable, the retirement system coverage group consists of all current, future and ineligible employees in positions under the retirement system in which the referendum was held.
1007.3Who is included in the retirement system coverage group for a divided vote referendum?
If a divided vote referendum is held, the retirement system coverage group consists of members who choose coverage as well as future members (see §1008). The State may elect to extend coverage to ineligibles of the retirement system.
1007.4What if police officers and firefighters are under the same retirement system?
If police officers and firefighters are under the same retirement system, their positions may either be:
Considered separate retirement systems for referendum and coverage purposes;
Combined with each other, and other positions; or both.
In addition, a separate referendum can be held: (1) among the police officers; (2) among the firefighters; or (3) among the police officers and firefighters as one group.
Last Revised: Jan. 25, 2007