Retiring while on annual leave


Q. I will be retiring from FERS on July 28. May I be on annual leave my last two pay periods, or must I actually work the last pay period of my federal service?

A. There is no requirement in law of regulation that you be on duty during the pay period in which you retire. At the same time, the federal civilian government doesn’t have a provision for terminal leave. Therefore, you’ll need to have supervisory approval to take any annual leave.


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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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