The agency may restore annual leave that would be lost if the agency determines that an exigency (work situation requiring immediate action) of the service exists, if the employee is ill or if the agency makes an administrative error that causes the loss of annual leave otherwise accruable. Leave restoration in these instances is only possible if the leave was scheduled in advance. The leave must be scheduled and approved in writing before the start of the third pay period before the end of the leave year. In addition, employees at installations closing or realigning pursuant to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 will have excess leave restored whether or not such leave was scheduled. When DA closes BRAC designated bases, it is an exigency of the service permitting employees to carry over use-or-lose leave without meeting the criteria for restoration.
Employees must use their restored leave within two years after the end of the calendar year in which the leave is restored unless there is an extended exigency under OPM rules as defined in 5 CFR, Section 630.309.