Sick leave and FERS retirement


Q. I have 1,400 hours of sick leave. If I retire, will I receive a check for this unused sick leave? Or will it be part of my annuity? I am under FERS.

A. Sick leave has no cash value. Instead, when you meet the age and service requirements to retire, it will be added to your actual service and used in the computation of your annuity. Because you are a FERS employee, if you retire before Jan. 1, 2014, you’ll receive only half credit for your sick leave; if you retire on or after that date, you’ll get 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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