Annual leave and retirement timing


Q. I’m getting ready to retire. What is the maximum annual leave I’ll be paid for? I am capped at 240 hours but will have close to 400 when I retire.

A. If you retire before the next leave year begins, you’ll receive a lump-sum payment for all your accumulated and unused 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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