Annual leave hours


Q: I was reinstated to my present federal agency. During the time I was gone, I worked for another federal agency. I was finally credited with the annual leave I was due because with the reinstatement, I passed 15 years of service while with the second agency. On my statement of earnings and leave, my max carryover was increased from 240 hours to 334 hours. Is there a time limit in which I have to use the extra carryover? Or will I retain this level of carryover until I retire or take enough annual leave in a year to eat into it?

A: In all likelihood, the hours above 240 will be treated in the same way as restored annual leave. If so, you will either have to use within two years or by the date set by your agency head. Check with your personnel office to find out which.

— Reg Jones


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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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