5 CFR 351.604 - Use of furlough.
(a) An agency may furlough a competing employee only when it intends within 1 year to recall the employee to duty in the position from which furloughed.
(b) An agency may not separate a competing employee under this part while an employee with lower retention standing in the same competitive level is on furlough.
(c) An agency may not furlough a competing employee for more than 1 year.
(d) When an agency recalls employees to duty in the competitive level from which furloughed, it shall recall them in the order of their retention standing, beginning with highest standing employee.