Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Sick leave and creditable service

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Q. I understand that credited sick leave will not influence how the high-3 is calculated. But will credited sick leave count toward annuity calculation in meeting age or service requirements to receive the 1.1 percent factor? If a person has 19 years and six months day-for-day in FERS and adds/applies eight months of unused sick leave, will this qualify for the 1.1 percent calculation factor (high-3 x .011 x 20 years two months)?

A. No. Only actual service counts. You have to meet the age and service requirements first. Only then is unused sick leave added and used in the computation of an annuity.

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