President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request includes a proposal to fundamentally change how federal employees accrue and take paid time off, and to reduce the overall number of leave days available to them.
According to detailed budget documents released Monday, the White House proposes consolidating federal workers’ annual and sick leave into one pool of paid time off, citing such a model’s popularity in the private sector.
Under the current system, as laid out in Title 5 of the U.S. Code, in addition to 10 paid federal holidays, federal workers receive up to 13 sick days each year, and 13 to 26 vacation days, depending on an employee’s length of service. The new proposal, which likely would require Congress’s approval, would create one consolidated category of leave from which employees can pull as needed, and reduce the total number of days off by an unspecified amount.
“This budget proposes to