Q. If I am scheduled to retire by the end of the month from the federal government (civilian), can I use annual leave or sick leave prior to the effective date of my retirement? According to Office of Personnel Management regulations, I can receive a lump sum for my annual leave, but how will I be compensated for my sick leave?
A. Yes, you can use annual leave before you retire, but only if you get approval from your supervisor to do so. As for sick leave, it may only be used for approved purposes, and, if it exceeds a short period of absence, your supervisor may require you to provide proof of your need to use it.
While you will receive a lump-sum payment for any unused annual leave, unused sick leave has no cash value. Instead, those hours will be added to your actual service time and may result in an increase in your annuity.