Annual leave before retirement


Q. I am going to retire in October. I have 42 hours of annual leave left. I would like to use 24 hours before I go. I will turn 60 in those three days and will be able to reach the FERS bridge I need to be in a pay status. Since we are given our leave at the first of the year, can I do this? Will I owe them money? Will it be allowed?

A. First, you would need to get your supervisor’s approval to take annual leave. Second, if you took leave that you hadn’t earned, you’d owe the government money for every one of those hours.


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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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