OPM has told agencies to process donations of “use or lose” annual leave, and use of such leave by recipients, that were interrupted by the partial government shutdown as if they had occurred on schedule.

A memo noted that donations of annual leave to leave bank and leave sharing programs are common just before the end of a leave year when employees realize that they will otherwise lose annual leave due to restrictions on how much can be carried from one year to the next. In this case, it added, the lead-up to the end of the 2018 leave year—which ended January 5 of this year—occurred during the partial shutdown, when all previously scheduled leave was canceled for affected employees, and affected agencies were unable to process leave donations.


It said that those agencies should “go back in time” and process 2018 use or lose annual leave donations so long as the donations were submitted before the January 5 deadline. Similarly, those who were on leave without pay but who would have been receiving donated leave “may retroactively substitute” that leave in order to be paid for that time, it said. The standard restrictions on donations and eligibility still apply, it added.