Q. I worked for the federal government for 14 years (1980 to 1994). When I left federal service, I took a buyout. I would like to return to federal service. If I get a job, will I start out at 13 days of annual leave, or will I earn an amount equal to the amount I accrued after 14 years of service? A. You will get credit for your earlier service in determining your leave accrual category.