Federal Workforce:

Information on Leave-Without-Pay at the Department of Justice

GGD-88-129FS: Published: Sep 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1988.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the Department of Justice's policies governing the granting of leave without pay (LWOP).

GAO found that: (1) the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued advisory guidance for federal agencies' LWOP administration; (2) other regulations required federal agencies to grant LWOP to disabled veterans undergoing medical treatment and military reservists or National Guard members involved in military training; and (3) OPM guidance suggested that federal agencies develop LWOP policies balancing government interests and employee needs. GAO also found that: (1) Justice's LWOP policies were similar to OPM guidance, although Justice limited the amount of extended LWOP managers could grant in certain situations; (2) of 120 Justice-approved extended LWOP cases, 105 cases were for less than 181 days, 13 were for 181 days to a year, and 2 were for more than 1 year; and (3) of 32 Justice-approved LWOP cases GAO reviewed, 11 involved health reasons, 10 involved maternity leave, and 11 involved school attendance, temporary nonfederal public or private service, and family member care.

Feb 24, 2021

Jan 12, 2021

Sep 16, 2020

Feb 25, 2020

Dec 30, 2019

Oct 10, 2019

Oct 2, 2019

Sep 25, 2019

Sep 11, 2019

Aug 15, 2019

Looking for more? Browse all our products here