Pay & Benefits Watch Pay & Benefits WatchPay & Benefits Watch
Key developments in the world of federal employee benefits: health, pay, and much more.

Planning annual leave

Starbucks is already serving coffee in festive holiday cups. You know what that means--It's time to start planning your annual leave schedule for 2002. Many readers are relying on our 2001 Federal Leave Chart to plan and track their leave usage this year. By popular demand, we're publishing the 2002 Federal Leave Chart today. The 2002 Federal Leave Chart is permanently located in the Pay and Benefits section of To view it, click here: You can print out the Federal Leave Chart and keep track of your vacation days on paper, or you can save one of the Excel or Word versions of the chart onto your computer. Then you can track your leave electronically and not worry about using your eraser. You can also download the Leave Calculator, which is an Excel spreadsheet that will automatically calculate your leave balance for the year. The Leave Calculator assumes that you earn 8 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave per year. If you accrue less than that, simply change the assumption in the first pay period to the amount you accrue and hit enter. The assumptions in the remaining pay periods will automatically change too. For most employees, the leave year begins on Jan. 13, 2002 and ends on Jan. 11, 2003. There are 10 holidays in the leave year:
Date Holiday
Monday, Jan. 21, 2002 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, Feb. 18 Washington's Birthday
Monday, May 27 Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, Sept. 2 Labor Day
Monday, Oct. 14 Columbus Day
Monday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day
Thursday, Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003 New Years Day
Many federal workers have had to postpone their leave because of the government's response to the Sept. 11 attacks. The Office of Personnel Management has relaxed its "use-it-or-lose-it" annual leave policy for people affected by the attacks. A memorandum about the policy is online at

Brian Friel is founder of One Nation Analytics, an independent research, analytics and consulting firm for the federal market.

Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.