Sick leave


Q. I’ve reached my minimum retirement age and have 29 years under FERS. I have more than 2,400 hours of sick leave. Will the sick leave time be added to my actual service and make me eligible to retire?

A. No, it won’t. Sick leave is only added after you have reached the right combination of years and service to retire on an immediate 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


    • To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever considered allowing unused sick leave to be added to actual service so that an employee who didn’t have enough actual service to retire could do so.

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