By Reg Jones
Q. I plan to leave my federal civilian position soon but would like to use all of my accrued annual leave at once (I have about 380 hours) and leave on the last day. Do I have a right to make this request for leave? Does it require supervisory approval?
Q. I am a federal employee and I was mobilized with the National Guard for one year. I am now on terminal leave for 60 days following my deployment. Can I go back to work with the federal government while I’m still on military terminal leave?
Q. My T42 appointment is expiring Sept. 30. The original appointment was for more than a year, but a recent extension was for 90 days. Will I be paid for unused annual leave, or should I take it before Sept. 30?
Q. I am 64 years old with 9½ years with the Air Force. I am planning on retiring in September. I previously put in for another position closer to home and now may be getting accepted for this new civilian job. Can I retract my retirement and accept this position, or do I have to retire then get reinstated back into the government? I have put in for leave and will be gone for the entire month of September before my retirement date. The new job begins in mid-October. I will not have any more leave after the end of September, so how do I stay with the federal government to start the new position in mid-October?
Q. I am CSRS and considering a retirement date of Oct. 31. But I want to check with you if a few assumptions that I am making are valid. First, Oct. 31 is the second Thursday in the pay period, and we work a compressed 5/4/9 schedule, where the second Friday in a pay period is a regular day off. Will retirement on Thursday, Oct. 31 complete the pay period for me and allow me to accrue the annual and sick leave for that pay period, and the full month of November retirement pay? Second, I am hoping to take a several-week vacation that would start on Oct. 26. Is there any issue in taking annual leave from Oct. 28 through Oct. 31 in this scenario?
Q. I am a Defense Department civil servant retiring as of July 2. I have been offered employment with a contractor, but they want me to start the prior week. Can I take the job if I am on annual leave during that time and not retired yet?
Q. In an answer to a question, Reg Jones replied (on May 13): “The Comptroller General has ruled that federal employees cannot take terminal leave before retiring.” What, exactly, is “terminal leave”?
Q. For personal reasons, I would like to leave the government prior to the end of the year but want my retirement date effective Jan. 11, 2014, to get full credit for my sick leave. Would it make sense to take leave without pay to bridge the time?
Q. I am retiring from the Air Force on Sept. 1. How many days out can I accept a civil service job and when can I start working? My terminal leave starts July 15.