Selling back travel comp time


Q. I have heard that, upon retiring, there is a 24-hour limit on selling back credit hours, and one could accumulate about 448 hours of unused annual leave, if done exquisitely; and that religious comp time may not be sold back. What about travel comp time? May that be sold back? Is there a cap?

A. Compensatory time off for travel is forfeited:

* If not used by the end of the 26th pay period after the pay period during which it was earned;

* Upon voluntary transfer to another agency;

* Upon movement to a noncovered position; or

* Upon separation from the federal government.

Under no circumstances may an employee receive payment for unused compensatory time off for travel.


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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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