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Q. I am a federal worker with the U.S. Border Patrol for 28 years. Two months before my retirement I injured my right knee on duty. I am coming to an end of my COP and don’t have much sick leave left. Doctors are looking on total knee replacement, which will put me on leave without pay. How is LWOP calculated on pay? I heard it’s only a percentage of your basic pay.

A. You would receive full credit for the time you are on LWOP, as long as it doesn’t exceed six months in a calendar year. Assuming that it doesn’t, when your annuity is calculated that time will be treated as if you were still on the job. Therefore, it would have no adverse effect on 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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  1. Elaine Lumsden on

    As long as the individual is receiving OWCP there is no 6-month limit for LWOP. The 6-month LWOP rule only applies for more traditional
    LWOP. All time while on OWCP and LWOP status is creditable for retirement eligibility and computation.

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