Annual leave lump sum payout


Q.  I am planning to retire during second half of December 2012 and would like my
unused annual leave payment to be paid during 2013.  What is the earliest day
to retire in 2012 for me to accomplish that?  Will it be during pay period 25
(Dec. 2-15) or pay period 26 (Dec. 16-29). I am a civilian in the Department of the Army on the regular leave and pay schedule.

A.You’ll have to check with your agency’s payroll office. All I can tell you is that your lump-sum annual leave payment  won’t be made until your agency has closed out your account and sent your retirement records to OPM.


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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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