A. If what he had was regular earned leave in excess of 240 hours that hadn’t expired, the way some restored annual leave or comp time does, then what he was told was nonsense. He was entitled to a lump-sum payment for the entire amount of leave he had to his credit when he left. Use-or-lose leave is only lost if someone retires after the end of the leave year. He needs to talk with his former agency and straighten them out. If they don’t make the correction, he’ll have to go higher up in his agency and, if necessary, to OPM.
Q. My brother just retired from a civilian job with the Army. He had about 130 hours of use- or-lose leave which was good until the end of this year that he thought would be included with his lump-sum leave payment. However, the local HR office did not include it and says that because he didn’t use it, it is just lost. Does he have any recourse?