Restoring unused leave


Q. I retired from federal service on June 28, 2014. I have been approached to return to federal service under the dual compensation waiver. Will my previous leave (annual and sick time) be reinstated?

A. The only sick leave that could be restored would be those hours that weren’t used in the computation of your annuity. Unused annual leave is projected forward as if you were still on the job and the hourly rate for those hours paid to you in a lump sum. If any of those hours fall after you return to work, you would be required to repay the amount of money they represent; then you would have those hours restored to your account.


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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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