Author Reg Jones

Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

Q. Can the sick leave balance be used to push a retiring employee beyond the 20-year point? If the worker, older than 62, wants to retire on Feb. 1 but is five months short of 20 years and has 5½ months of sick leave, will the balance push the service beyond 20 years?

Q. I “bought back” 7 years of active duty service time and completed an additional 15 years of National Guard service. I have retired from the National Guard. When I retire from the federal government with 27 years as a fed plus 7 years active duty, will I be able to receive both the federal retirement (34 years) and the National Guard retirement?

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