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Leave Share Program

Many of us may one day face an emergency and it may be related to our health or the needs of a loved one. Luckily, the Service’s Leave Sharing Program allows an employee to donate annual leave directly to another employee who has a personal or family medical emergency and who has exhausted his or her available paid leave. There is no limit on the amount of donated annual leave a leave recipient may receive from the leave donor; however, any unused donated leave must be returned to the leave donor(s) when the medical emergency ends.

To be a Recipient:
If you are in a position where you have exhausted all your leave and you need to enter the leave donation program, you’ll need to submit form OPM 630 ( Download Adobe PDF Reader) to Headquarters Human Resources. You will also need to provide medical documentation to qualify, but the nature of your emergency may be kept confidential. To qualify, the medical emergency must be (or is expected to be) at least 24 hours. For part-time employees the period of absence without paid leave is prorated. Once accepted into the program, an all employee message is sent to solicit donations.

To be a Donor:
Any employee can donate their accrued annual leave to employees in the leave share program. The recipient will be able to be paid for one hour for every hour donated – regardless of the grade level of either employee. In any leave year, an employee may donate not more than one-half of the amount of annual leave he or she would accrue during a leave year. For employees with "use or lose" annual leave, the employee may donate the lesser of one-half of the annual leave he or she would accrue in a leave year or the number of hours remaining in the leave year for which the employee is scheduled to work and receive pay.

Specific Information on the program can be found at:

Additional Information can be found at:

Please contact your servicing HR office for questions or concerns. Region 9 and Washington Office employees should contact Kathy Cannavino at 703-358-25767.