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Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: “I would like to put in a leave notice of four weeks with the last two weeks using my annual leave. I have about four weeks total of annual leave. If I put in my four week’s notice tomorrow, my last day technically will be the 17th of March but with two weeks of leave my last day in the office will be March 3rd. Can I do this?

Answer: You should double check with your Personnel Specialist but there should be no reason for you not to be able to request two weeks of annual leave for the last two weeks of your federal service. This is because either way your unused annual leave has to be paid to you.

Reader comments

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 FedSupervisor

In some agencies it depends on how quickly your position will be filled. If you take leave, you are still "on the books" as an employee, and in some agencies, your position cannot be filled with a successor until you "vacate" the position. If, on the other hand, your leave were to be paid out in a lump sum after you resign/retire, then you are "off the books" on your last day, and your position can be filled immediately. I think the answer will be unique to your agency's practice.

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