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<< What I mean is, it was originally post tax pension money, so why won't they let it go to a similar post tax pension vehicle (i.e. a Roth?) >>

I really doubt Congress ever thought about it. The CSRS rules have been around since dirt; the Roth IRA only for a couple of years. You might want to write your members of Congress and suggest this.

<< Why do they say it's any different from say, a 401k? >>

It's different from a 401(k) in precisely the way you mention: it's post-tax. If one has post-tax 401(k) money, it can't be rolled into an IRA either.

Phil Marti
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