How will CSRS sick leave be credited?


Q: How is sick leave to be apportioned when a employee retires with a Civil Service Retirement System component to a Federal Employees Retirement System pension? When I transferred to FERS, I had 275 hours of sick leave frozen. I expect to retire before December 2012 with 700 hours of sick leave, and I understand that half, or 350 hours, would be credited toward my retirement. However, there doesn’t seem to be any clear information on how that 350 hours would be allocated. Can you help?

A: Your frozen CSRS sick leave balance will be added to your actual service time and used in the computation of the CSRS component of your annuity. If you retire now through Dec. 31, 2013, half of any remaining hours will added to your actual FERS service and used in the computation of that component. Full credit will only be given to that component if you retire on or after Jan. 1, 2014.


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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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