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NSWCCD employees are entitled to various types of leave, including annual leave, sick leave, paid holidays, and compensatory time.

Annual Leave
Employees accrue annual leave and sick leave each bi-weekly pay period.  The number of annual leave hours earned depends on the employee’s length of Federal Service, as shown below:


Length of Service Annual Leave Accrual Rate
Less than 3 years 4 hours (13 days a year)
3 to 15 years 6 hours (20 days a year)
15 years or more 8 hours (26 days a year)

Sick Leave

Employees earn 4 hours of sick leave each pay period, regardless of their length of service.

Federal Holidays

In addition to annual and sick leave, the NSWCDD workforce receives the following 11 paid holidays:


New Year’s Day

Labor Day

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Columbus Day

Washington’s Birthday

Veterans Day

Memorial Day

Thanksgiving Day


Christmas Day

Independence Day



Transferring Leave

Annual leave, sick leave, and regular compensatory time earned at another Federal agency will typically transfer with you to NSWCCD.  

Donating Leave

At NSWCCD, employees who deal with certified medical emergencies and have exhausted all their paid leave can apply to receive leave donations from other Federal employees through our Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. 

Paid Parental Leave:  

Paid Parental Leave may be granted in connection with a qualifying birth or placement (for adoption or foster care).  Paid parental leave is limited to 12 work weeks and may be used only during the 12-month period beginning on the date of the birth or placement involved. Within these 12 work weeks, paid parental leave is available as long as an employee has a continuing parental role with the child whose birth or placement was the basis for the leave entitlement. 

Family Medical Leave: 

Most Federal employees are entitled to a total of up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the following purposes: 

  • the birth of a son or daughter of the employee and the care of such son or daughter; 
  • the placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care; 
  • the care of spouse, son, daughter, or parent of the employee who has a serious health condition; or 
  • a serious health condition of the employee that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her positions. 
  • any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent of the employee is on covered active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty) in the Armed Forces. 

Under certain conditions, an employee may use the 12 weeks of FMLA leave intermittently.  An employee may elect to substitute annual leave and/or sick leave, consistent with current laws and OPM's regulations for using annual and sick leave, for any unpaid leave under the FMLA.  (The amount of sick leave that may be used to care for a family member is limited. FMLA leave is in addition to other paid time off available to an employee. 

Veterans Leave: 

Veterans may be excused from duty without loss of pay or charge to leave for up to 4 hours.