Q: How many weeks’ notice is a federal employee retired to give prior to retirement?
A: There is no minimum notice requirement in law or regulation. However, courtesy and prudence suggest a minimum of a few weeks. I mentioned courtesy because a supervisor needs to know that you are leaving so he can plan a redistribution of work among those who are left and, where possible, begin the search for a replacement. I mentioned prudence because failure to take the time to shepherd your retirement application through you agency before leaving could result in long delays before you receive your first annuity payment.