- A separation from Federal service that is initiated by an employee
is considered a resignation, and is documented by a Standard Form (SF)
50. Retiring from Federal service, accepting a position with a different
Federal agency, or being removed from Federal service for conduct or
performance issues are not resignation actions.
- An employee that resigns should do so in writing to his/her
immediate supervisor, by completing Part E of the SF-52, Request for
Personnel Action form. This written notice should address the reason why
the employee is resigning. The employee’s reason will be documented on
the SF-50. If the no reason is provided, the SF-50 will reflect this.
- If an employee provides an oral resignation, management will request
written confirmation and may request that the employee complete Part E
of the SF-52. Completion of Part E of the SF-52 by the employee is
considered a written resignation. However, in the event written
confirmation is not received, the management official who received the
employee’s oral resignation should document it in a memorandum for the
record, and attach it with the completed SF-52.
- All separations, to include resignations, are effective at the end
of the day (midnight) unless an earlier time is indicated by the
- Upon resigning from Federal service, an employee who had health
benefits (FEHB) and/or life insurance continue to receive coverage for
31 days after the effective date of the resignation.