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Fed Employees Leave Transfer Act of 2011

Congress Introduces the Federal Employees Leave Transfer Act of 2011

On September 22, 2011 the Federal Employees Leave Transfer Act of 2011 was introduced by Congressman James Moran (D-VA). Although this bill makes a small change to existing law, it will have a dramatic effect on the lives and wellbeing of all federal employees.

The bill as introduced will allow federal employees to donate unused sick leave into a leave bank where it can be used by others who have suffered catastrophic illness or who have had to care for a loved one for an extended period. Under current law only annual leave can be used for this purpose and until 2014 only half of accrued sick leave can be credited for annuity purposes.

The Federal Employees Leave Transfer Act of 2011 has virtually no cost other than program administration and has built in protections against abuse in that it requires recipients to have been donors previously and to have exhausted all sick and annual leave before drawing from the bank.

FLEOA National Vice Presidents Duncan Templeton and Chris Schoppmeyer working with the FLEOA Legislative Committee and the USDA Graduate School Executive Leadership Program made significant contributions to the introduction of this bill. The USDA Graduate School, Executive Leadership Program s Team 15 (2010) conducted extensive research on the feasibility of this legislation and brought this FLEOA sponsored legislative proposal to Congressman James Moran for consideration.

Currently Congressmen Connolly (D-VA), Wolf (R-VA), Sarbanes (D-MD) and Van Hollen (D-MD) have co-sponsored the bill and many more are expected to follow in what will likely be a swift passage into law.