Unused sick leave and resigning from federal service


Q. I am resigning from federal service to take care of my husband. I plan to apply for a FERS deferred retirement in two years when I turn 62. I will have six years of federal service. What happens to my 250 hours of sick leave when I resign?

A. If you leave government service before being eligible for an immediate retirement you won’t get any credit for your unused sick leave when you finally apply for a deferred retirement.


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Mike Miles is a Certified Financial Planner licensee and principal adviser for Variplan LLC, an independent fiduciary in Vienna, Virginia. Email your financial questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com and view his blog at money.federaltimes.com.

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