may donate annual leave directly to another Federal employee who has a personal or family
medical emergency and who has exhausted his or her available paid leave. Each
agency must administer a voluntary leave transfer program for its
employees. There is no limit on
the amount of donated annual leave a leave recipient may receive from the leave
donor(s). However, any unused donated leave must be returned to the leave
donor(s) when the medical emergency ends.
A potential leave recipient's employing
agency must determine that a full-time employee's absence from duty without available paid leave
because of the medical emergency is (or is expected to be) at least 24 hours.
For part-time employees or employees on uncommon tours of
duty, the period of absence without paid leave is prorated. An employee
may receive donated annual leave when he or she becomes an approved leave
Limitations on Leave Donations
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.
While using donated leave, a leave recipient can accrue no more than 40 hours of
annual leave and 40 hours of sick leave in "set-aside accounts." The leave in the
"set-aside accounts" will be transferred to the employee's regular leave accounts when
the medical emergency ends or if the employee exhausts all donated leave.
5 U.S.C. 6331-6340; 5 CFR part 630, subpart I