Leave and the five-year rule


Q. I am a FERS employee in the Veterans Affairs Department. I have four years and nine months of service with 50 days of sick leave and 72 days of annual leave accumulated. What are the regulations regarding the use of leave to extend time of service so that I qualify for an annuity with five years in?

A. Annual or sick leave cannot be used to increase your length of service. To be vested in the retirement system, you will need to be employed full time for five years, longer if you work part time.


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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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