Sick leave, annuity and retirement


Q. I am 62 and expect to retire with 40 plus years of federal service/CSRS. I have more than 2,000 hours of sick leave. I am wondering what happens to that sick leave after I retire, since I understand I can’t use it to add additional credit to my years of federal service.

A. While sick leave can’t be used to meet the length of service requirements to retire, once you are eligible to retire, those hours are added onto your service and used to increase your annuity.


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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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