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Monday, January 14, 2013

Disability Retirement for Federal Employees

Katelin P. Isaacs
Analyst in Income Security

Paid sick leave, disability retirement, or workers’ compensation may provide benefits for federal
civilian employees during periods of illness, disability, or workplace injury, respectively. Federal
civilian employees earn 13 days of paid sick leave per year. Sick leave can be used because of the
worker’s own illness or injury or to care for an ill or injured family member. A worker’s
employing agency can advance up to 30 additional days of sick leave to an employee who has
exhausted his or her accrued sick leave. A federal worker with a long-term disability can separate
from service through a disability retirement. A federal employee who sustains a disabling injury
on the job can receive benefits under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), the
workers’ compensation program for federal employees. FECA benefits consist of cash
compensation, payment of medical costs related to the injury, vocational rehabilitation assistance,
the cost of attendant care services, and burial benefits. A disabled federal employee may not
receive a disability retirement annuity and FECA benefits simultaneously.

Date of Report: December 28, 2012
Number of Pages: 9
Order Number: RS22838
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