Sick leave conversion


Q. I am a CSRS employee.  I will have 3165.59 hours of sick leave when I retire. What is the actual time I will be credited for?  I have received conflicting answers on whether 2,080 or 2,087 hours amount to one year of credited time and also whether the .59 hours round up or get dropped from the calculations.

A. There shouldn’t be any conflict on the number of hours that equal a year. By law it is 2,087. On the other hand, I’m not aware of any rule covering the crediting of an amount of time that is less than a full hour.


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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

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