Sick leave


Q. I am confused about sick leave and how it is computed to determine your basic annuity.

1. Is it credit for time served, or does it convert to a monetary value added to your high-3?

2. What are the benefits associated with carrying sick leave into retirement?

3. Is it 100 percent creditable for all sick leave as of January 2014, or is there a way for them to differentiate what leave will receive 50 percent and what leave will receive 100 percent?

A. 1. After you meet the age and service criteria to retire, those hours are added to your actual service and used in the computation of your annuity.

2. The more sick leave you have, the greater the increase will be in your annuity.

3. FERS employees retiring on or after Jan. 1, 2014, will get full credit for their unused sick leave.


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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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