Sick leave at retirement


Q. I’m in CSRS with the Postal Service. At retirement, will my annuity be credited at 174 hours of sick leave per month or is my total sick leave balance added to my actual service time and rounded down to the month?

A. As a CSRS employee, when you retire, your hours of unused sick leave will be added to your actual service time. Any combination of actual hours and sick leave hours that add up to 174 will increase your final service time by one month. Any leftover days will be dropped.


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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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