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Human Resources and Organizational Management

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Excused Absence and Administrative Leave
An excused absence/administrative leave is a period of administratively authorized absence from official duties without loss of pay and without charge to an employee's leave account and is distinct from the absence of an employee who is performing officially sanctioned activities away from the employee's usual worksite or regular duties.


When reasons appear to be justifiable, an employee's tardiness or other brief absence from duty of less than one hour may be excused by a leave-approving official.


Federal employees who are members of the National Guard or Reserves and who are returning from active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) are entitled to five (5) days of excused absence, without loss of pay or personal leave, to ease the transition to civilian life. An “overseas” deployment is not required for this entitlement. Excused absence for this purpose is applicable for employees returning from active military service in connection with the GWOT as part of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as any other current or future military operations deemed to be part of the GWOT.

For examples of common situations for which excused absence may be granted, see DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 630, section 6.

DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 630 (see Section 6)  
Update on Excused Absence for Employees Returning from Active Military Duty (OPM Document)  
Excused Absence for Voting (HROM Document)