CSRS and sick leave


Q. If a  CSRS employee has 42 years of service and has over 2087 hours in sick leave, is an additional 2 percent added to the retirement benefits? Or does the employee receive the cash value of the sick leave since the employee maxed out at 42 years?
A. Unused sick leave isn’t subject to the 80 percent limit on an earned annuity. So your annuity can be greater than 80 percent.


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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.


  1. I have 52 years of Federal government service and I am retired as of 31 December 2021, I requested the refund of my retirement contributions. When can I expect the refund of my excess retirement contributions?

    • I don’t know when you can expect to receive that refund, but it probably won’t be anytime soon. Because of the COVID and Omicron surge, OPM is both understaffed and having to deal with an end of year surge in retirement applications. Getting retirees into a pay status will take priority over a refund.

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