Benefits/leave after termination

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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.

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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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