Retired annuitant and sick leave


Q. I retired under FERS in 2006.  When I came back to work at DoD last July as a rehired annuitant, my sick leave that I had lost when I retired (900+ hours) was reinstated.  But as an annuitant, I believe I have zero benefits (e.g., my retirement isn’t affected).  So when I leave this July, would I only get paid for any accrued annual leave?  Do I just lose my sick leave (again)?

A. Because you were hired under a provision that allowed you to keep both your full annuity and the salary of your new position, when you leave your position you won’t be entitled to any additional retirement benefits. Therefore, you will receive no credit for that time or for your accumulated sick leave. Both will be zeroed out.


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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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