Employees separated from federal employment by reduction-in-force (RIF) may be very close to retirement eligibility on the effective date of the RIF. Normally employees are entitled to a lump sum payment for their annual leave balance upon separation. However, instead of taking a lump sum payment, employees may remain on the agency’s rolls past the effective date of the RIF, if they will become eligible for an immediate annuity (or to carry health benefits coverage into retirement) during the period represented by the amount of their accrued annual leave. This right also extends to a separation because an employee does not transfer with their function to another location.