Q: My retirement date is July 1. I am in the negative of 170 hours of sick leave and 32 hours of annual leave. I will receive an annuity, but I will get an interim first, so how much will I have to pay back and how much on the payment plans do I have, too?
A: Unless your agency waives payment, you will owe a debt that must be repaid. Whether they will require you to pay it before you separate for retirement or ask OPM to withhold the required amount from your annuity is a decision they will have to make. You need to talk to someone in your personnel office inmmediately.