Civil Service Retirement System [CSRS] Law and Legal Definition

Civil Service Retirement System organized in 1920 is a traditional benefit plan covering many U.S. federal government and postal employees. The plan provided the retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for most of the U.S. civilian service employees working for the federal government. In 1987, Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) was passed and the FERS incorporated many social security benefits, government contributions and employee contributions. However, employees who were originally set up through the CSRS still receive their benefits through that program, unless they were hired after 1983.