Using leave leading up to retirement


Q: I will have approximately 372 hours of annual leave on the books prior to my Oct. 31 retirement date. Can I take all of my leave at once prior to my retirement date, or do I have to accept a lump-sum payment?

A: The civilian federal government doesn’t provide for terminal leave. You can only use your annual leave in that manner if it is appoved by your supervisor.


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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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