Unused sick leave


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.


  1. Timothy jackson on

    if I have 39 years and 8 months of civil service time can I use 4 months of my sick leave added to that to make me have 40 years of service to retire ?

    • All of your unused sick leave will be added to your actual service and used in the computation of your annuity.

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