Firefighter and Law Enforcement Retirement Team

Through a memorandum of understanding with the Department of the Interior (DOI), FLERT denotes program resources to DOI retirees and current employees. The authority to determine coverage is delegated to DOI. The Bureau Firefighter and Law Enforcement (FF/LEO) Retirement Specialist works with employees and servicing personnel offices to submit recommendations for coverage to DOI. The purpose of FLERT is two-fold:

  1. To provide a consistent administration of retirement provisions within the DOI; and
  2. To develop a process for handling firefighter and law enforcement retirement that is efficient; done in accordance with the law; serves the interests of the employees covered by the special retirement system; and is done in accordance with best management practices.

FLERT primarily receives, reviews, and processes position descriptions for a coverage determination.  If coverage for the PD is denied by the Secretary or his/her Designee, the denial letter is returned to the FLERT office which is subsequently sent to the Servicing Personnel Office (SPO) with guidance to the employee(s) encumbering the position to file for reconsideration if he/she does not agree with the final determination.  If an employee encumbers a non-covered PD, he/she must file a formal written request for a determination (RFD) for the non-covered position within six months.  Therein providing evidence to support the requirements found in C.F.R. § 843.804.

FLERT also maintains position and individual FF/LEO records for the: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation,  Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Office of Aircraft Services, the Inspector General’s Office, and DOI National offices. Contact FLERT for more information.


  • Bureau-specific information and guidelines for special retirement coverage.

    Bureau Position Descriptions

  • Four firefighters discuss plans while looking at a phone. Photo by BLM.
    Standard position descriptions for DOI Law Enforcement and Firefighters

    Department Standard Position Descriptions

  • Fire personnel on the Sieber Fire near Grand Junction, CO.  Photo by: Eric Coulter, BLM
    Firefighter & Law Enforcement Officer Special Retirement Training & Resources

    Training & Resources

  • Wildland firefighter filling out form.
    Firefighter & Law Enforcement Officer Special Retirement laws and regulations

    Legal References