Q. I have been a DHS officer for 13 years under FERS. If I am terminated for policy violations and do not request a refund of my retirement contributions, will I be entitled to a partial pension at age 62? If so, will my sick leave count as more months of service? What happens to my annual leave?
A. When you leave government, you’d receive a cash payment for all your unused annual leave. If you don’t ask for a refund of your retirement contributions, you would be entitled to a deferred annuity at age 62; however, your unused sick leave wouldn’t be included in the computation of your annuity.