Maximizing annual leave lump sum


Q. I am 58 years old and under CSRS, have 27 years with 1,200 hours of sick leave and 350 hours of annual leave. I want to retire under the Early Volunteer Special Option. I understand that I have to retire on or before Dec. 31 to qualify for this special option. I want to maximize my annual leave lump sum.

A. All you need to do to receive a lump-sum payment for all that unused annual leave is to retire before the 2013 leave year ends on Jan. 11, 2014.


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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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