Sick leave cashed in for buyout


Q. We are getting feedback from fellow retiring co-workers that there is now an option passed by OPM approximately a year ago to either use unused sick leave for added annuity calculations or cash unused sick leave in for a cash buyout the same as a buyout for unused annual leave.Any truth to this?

A. While unused sick leave can be added to actual service after an employee qualifies for retirement and used in the computation of his annuity, it has no cash value. Note: For the present, FERS employees only get credit for one-half of their unused sick leave.


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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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