Rehire annuitant and sick leave


Q. I retired in May 2011 under the CSRS program as a Title 32 competitive employee, GS-12. I had 2,665 hours of sick leave when I retired. I received an additional 15 months, 12 days of length of service. The 12 days were dropped for calculation purposes since it didn’t add up to a full month. I came back to work as a rehired annuitant as a temporary employee receiving both my salary and my retired annuity. Am I entitled to get the 12 days (104 hours) reinstated to me to use in my current position, or are those hours lost because I retired from CSRS and they don’t recognize the extra days left on my record?  I see FERS employees under some circumstances can get used sick leave reinstated. Is there a place in the OPM regulations that may cover this question?

A. No, those hours are lost. The only re-employed FERS annuitants who can have unused sick leave reinstated are those who retired before Oct. 28, 2009, and received no credit for that leave in the computation of their annuities or retired on or after Oct. 28, 2009, and only got credit for half of it in the computation of their annuities.


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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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