Sick leave


Q. I transferred to FERS from CSRS. I had 700 hours of sick leave at the time of transfer and now have 1,000 hours of sick leave.  Will the entire sick leave balance I have at retirement all be credited to the FERS portion of retirement estimate calculation or will the total sick leave balance I have at retirement be credited to the amount earned while I was under CSRS and the amount I earned under FERS?

A. Any unused sick leave that doesn’t exceed the amount you had when you transferred to FERS will be credited to the CSRS component of your annuity. Any amount above that will be credited to the FERS component. However, if you retire before Jan. 1, 2013, you will only receive half credit for the FERS portion of your unused sick leave. If you retire after that you’ll receive full credit.


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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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