Annual leave and first retirement check


Q. I am a CSRS employee, and I already qualify for an immediate retirement. I plan to retire May 3.

On the retirement application (SF 2801), under Section B, block 2 is called “Date of final separation.”

I entered May 3 because it is at the end of a pay period.

I need to know:

1. Will I receive eight hours of annual leave since my last work day is at the end of the pay period?

2. Will my first retirement check come June 1 because I retired during one of the first three days of a month (May 3)?

A. Your assumptions are correct.


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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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