Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Sick leave and creditable service

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Q. I am a CSRS Offset employee in a law enforcement position. I plan to retire Sept. 1 at the age of 50 with eligibility service credit of 23 years, nine months, and 12 days. I have over 650 hours of sick leave. My computation service credit is 30 years, 11 months, and nine days without including the 650 hours of sick leave. Does including the 650 hours of sick leave to my computation service credit provide me with any additional annuity? Also, will my annuity be based on my eligibility service credit or my computation service credit?

A. You are making hard work out of this. Twenty years of law enforcement covered service will be computed using the enhanced law enforcement formula. All remaining service (regardless of whether it was law enforcement service or not), plus unused sick leave, will be computed using the standard formula.

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