Unused sick leave and retirement


Q. Can my accumulated sick leave be used to meet my time for 20 years? I am 68 and eligible for retirement, even though I have not reached 20 years of government service. If I retire in January 2015, I will have more than nine months of sick leave. Adding the nine months would take me to September 2015, which would give me 20 years. I have been told by my local personnel office that I will get credit for 20 years, but my interpretation is that I would not.

A. Unused sick leave can not be used to increase your actual service time.

After you have met the age and service requirements to retire, it is used solely in the computation of 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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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