Q. I’m a Defense Department civilian employee. Is it possible to cash out some of my annual leave for cash? If not, is there a written guideline or directive that states this? As a contractor, I was able to cash out some of my annual leave, and that was a nice option.
A. No, you can’t cash out some or all of your annual leave. The only time you can receive a lump-sum payment for your annual leave is if you resign from the government or retire. What you could do in the private sector is irrelevant.