The answer to this question is no. The granting of Sabbaticals are
strictly controlled by the organization, with very specific limitations
applied. A Sabbatical is not authorized for the completion of a general
academic degree. Sabbaticals provide opportunities for employees to
acquire knowledge and expertise that cannot otherwise be acquired in
the standard working environment. The program is generally
designed to be used for training with industry or on-the-job work
experience with public, private, or non-profit organizations.
Additionally, the Sabbatical must be shown to significantly contribute
to the mission of an organization (in our case, acquisition) as well as
the employee. Our local procedures will address the management of
Sabbaticals (including expectations and deliverables), as well as other
education and training issues. Until these procedures are issued,
employees should refer to the Federal Register for information on
Sabbaticals, degrees and certificate training.