Retirement and re-employment


Q: I plan to retire on Dec. 31 under FERS. I will have 320 hours of annual leave at that date. I have been asked to come back to work on Jan. 11, 2011 in a temporary appointment. I know if I get paid for my annual leave I would have to pay back the value of the leave if I return before the 320 hours would have been used. Can payroll withhold payment of the annual leave until I return and recredit it to me? Since it is more than 240 hours (use or lose), will I lose any of the leave or can it all be recredited to me?

A: There is no basis for an agency recrediting annual leave. When an employee retires, the slate is wiped clean.

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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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