Credit for unused sick leave


Q. I left the Postal Service in February 2006 and took my annuity at 55 years and 10 months old. I just read that FERS employees could convert 50 percent of their sick leave to compute annuity, I had 180 hours of sick leave balance; can I still get credit for this or would I have had to reach a certain age, and/or time in service, before leaving to get credit for this time?

A: No, you cannot get credit for that unused sick leave. The change in law allowing FERS employees to get credit for it was prospective only, not retroactive.


About Author

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

Leave A Reply