Sick leave


Q. I am a federal employee with 38 years of service in CSRS. I have 3,445 hours of sick leave, which I want to convert to retirement. I have been told my sick leave gives me days off based on 2,087 hours being a year, but for retirement, that 2,087 number does not apply to retirement; 2,087 does not equal one year of retirement add-on. How do I compute the number of days, months, years I can add to my 38 years when I retire?

A. For retirement purposes, a year is 2,087 hours long. On average, a month is 174 hours long. A day is 5.79722+ hours long (2,087 divided by 360).

Note: Any unused hours of actual leave will be converted into retirement hours and added to the sick leave balance.


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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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