Sick leave bill


Q: Reimbursement for Federal Employees Retirement System sick leave was being processed thru Congress, but it seems to have dropped out of sight after the House. Would you provide an update on this issue?

A: Congressman Jim Moran did introduce a bill that would reimburse retiring employees for unused sick leave. However, in a surprise move that bill was converted into an amendment which would grant retirement credit for that leave. That amendment was attached to HR 1108, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, and passed by the House on Aug. 1. On its arrival in the Senate, it was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, where it has sat ever since, perhaps because the president has threatened to veto the bill to which it’s attached.

— Reg Jones


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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