Sick leave


Q. When I retire under FERS, do I add my sick leave time to my service time, or do I cash in my sick leave?

A. Sick leave has no cash value. When you meet the age and service requirements to retire, it will be added to your actual service and used in the computation of your annuity. However, if you retire before Jan. 1, 2014, you’ll only receive half credit for any unused sick leave.


About Author

Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

Leave A Reply