Q. Is it true that if you go on leave without pay for up to a year, you can retain that time in service?
A. With rare exception, granting LWOP is a matter of supervisory discretion and may be limited by agency internal policy. In addition, there are negative consequences to taking LWOP above a certain amount in a calendar year. For more information, go to https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/effect-of-extended-leave-without-pay-lwop-or-other-nonpay-status-on-federal-benefits-and-programs.