Q. I retired from Federal Civilian Service on June 3. I received my final pay check which included my lump-sum payment for annual leave on Friday June 10. I was paid my regular earnings at my pay grade, GS-12, but my lump-sum payment for unused annual leave was paid at the pay rate for a GS-09. Thinking it was a mistake I called the activity payroll office and to my surprise I was told this was because my promotion to GS-12 was temporary and when I retired I was reverted back to my permanent grade GS-09 in order to pay me for the unused annual leave. Prior to retirement I was never informed that this would happen by anyone involved in processing my paperwork.
“So the agency did have the authority to return the employee to his/her official position of record before separating him or her. Once the employee was returned to the official position of record, then the lump-sum payment would be made at the rate of pay for the official position of record. The agency should have provided the employee information about the temporary nature of the promotion per the regulation cited above, but even if it did not, the regulations provide the authority for the agency to return the employee to the official position of record at any time.”