Annual leave lump sum


Q. I will be retiring Jan. 11, 2014, the end of the last pay period of 2013. Will I be able to carry over all my accrued annual leave, about 730 hours, at that time? I am a federal firefighter.

A. I don’t think you are asking if you can carry that leave over. Instead, you want to know if you will be able to get a lump-sum payment for the entire amount if you retire no later than close of business Jan. 11, 2014. The answer is yes.


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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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