Postponed annuity and end of leave year


Q. I will be retiring this year from FERS under MRA +10. I plan to select an immediate annuity postponed for payment to start Dec. 12, 2014, when I turn 62. I want to have my sick leave used to calculate my annuity based on full amount so I will select a date of Jan. 1, 2014, or later. To ensure I can cash out maximum annual leave, what is the last day of the 2013 leave year so that I can take a lump sum for unused annual leave of around 340 hours?

A. For most agencies, the 2013 leave year ends Jan. 11, 2014. Check with your own agency to be sure.


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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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