Early out and unused sick leave


Q. I am a federal employee with 29 years and two months of service to date.  I am 56 years old and I am under CSRS. If offered I will take the early-out in December; at that time I will have 29 years and eight months of service.  My question is what will happen to my sick leave?

A. Any unused sick leave hours will be added to any hours of actual work that don’t add up to a full month. Any additional months created will be added to your actual service and used in the computation of your annuity. For retirement purposes, those months are 174 hours long. Any hours left over 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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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