Important Reminder Regarding Special Leave Accrual Policy -- Annual Leave in Excess of 60 Days Must be Used by 31 December 2006
|Manual Circular No. 381, “Annual Leave – Implementation of Special Leave Accrual Policy,” dated 25 January 2006, authorized the implementation of a special leave accrual policy to retain excess annual leave (for one year) for officers who lost annual leave in 2005 due to the hurricane response and relief efforts. Based on the need for all commissioned officers to maintain critical agency operations and backfill positions during the time of deployments, the policy included all officers of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) who were on extended active duty on or after 29 August 2005. Officers detailed to the Department of Defense or U.S. Coast Guard followed the leave policy established for those services.|
Corps officers who met the criteria, were on active duty on 31 December 2005, and who accrued in excess of 60 days of annual leave on 31 December 2005, were authorized to carry forward up to 90 annual leave days until 31 December 2006. Officers are therefore reminded that any and all leave over 60 days must be used by 31 December 2006. Only 60 days of annual leave will be carried over to the 2007 leave year. No waivers will be granted under this policy.
|Officers are reminded that there remains a lifetime limit of 60 days of unused annual leave for which an officer may receive a lump sum leave payment at the time of his or her separation or retirement from active duty.|
|To access the electronic Commissioned Officers Leave Tracking System (COLTS), officers should log on to the ‘Secure Area’ of the Commissioned Corps Management Information System Web site – http://dcp.psc.gov/ and select ‘COLTS’ from the ‘Select Activity’ menu. Once in COLTS, select ‘Officer Personal’ and ‘Leave Activity Report’ to determine your current annual leave balance. Questions regarding the leave reported in COLTS should be directed to the Office of Commissioned Corps Operations COLTS Administrator at Martha.Hall-Diallo@hhs.gov.|
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