Payment for annual leave upon retirement


Q. I’m a GS–15/10 under FERS, so I’m subject to the pay cap. I typically roll over the allowed 240 hours of annual leave, and I frequently have restored leave. If I retire partway through the year, will the pay cap affect my lump–sum payment for leave? Would I be paid for the total of those three amounts?

A. Lump-sum annual leave payments aren’t subject to the 80 percent pay cap.


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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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