Annual leave and retirement


Q. I am covered under CSRS and am retiring Dec. 29. I will have an annual leave balance of 440 hours, which includes hours I must lose or use at the time of retirement. Normally, 240 hours of annual leave carry over to the next year. Will I forfeit the extra hours, or will I get a lump-sum payment for all of the 440 hours of annual leave?

A. For most employees, the leave year ends Jan. 12, 2013. Therefore, you’d be paid for all your unused annual leave.


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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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