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Q. I left federal employment after 20 years of service under the CSRS retirement system at age 45 with about 1,600 hours of sick leave on record. I will be applying for deferred pension at age 62. Is the sick leave balance considered in the retirement calculation? It is my understanding that it is not because I left service early.

A. You are correct. That unused sick leave won’t be used in the computation of your deferred 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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