Using annual leave before separation


Q. I plan to leave my federal civilian position soon but would like to use all of my accrued annual leave at once (I have about 380 hours) and leave on the last day. Do I have a right to make this request for leave? Does it require supervisory approval?

A. You might like to use up all of your annual leave before retiring, but you can’t. The Comptroller General has ruled that employees may not take terminal leave. While your supervisor may approve your use of some of it, he would need to schedule it so that it didn’t interfere with the needs of the government.


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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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