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Frequently Asked Questions Pay & Leave

My agency is undergoing downsizing, and I received a reduction-in-force (RIF) notice and will be terminated on September 15. I would have been eligible for retirement on November 1. Is there any way I can stay on the rolls (annual leave) until November 1 and qualify for retirement?

Yes. An employee who has received a RIF notice and is being involuntarily separated from an agency due to reduction in force or transfer of function may elect to use annual leave and remain on the agency's rolls after the date the employee otherwise would have been separated in order to establish initial eligibility for immediate retirement, including discontinued service or voluntary early retirement. The same option is also available to acquire eligibility to continue health benefits into retirement.

In addition, an employee who is being involuntarily separated under adverse action procedures because of his or her decision to decline relocation (including transfer of function) may use annual leave to remain on the agency's rolls after the effective date of the relocation to establish initial eligibility for immediate retirement (including discontinued service or voluntary early retirement) and/or to establish initial eligibility to continue health benefits coverage into retirement.

For further information, contact your agency personnel office or retirement counselor.

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