Q. My problem, as noted below, is that I have combined legislative, military and federal service. I purchased my military service years ago, while in the legislative branch. I know the legislative branch calculates their annuity at a higher rate than do other federal agencies. I’m not sure what that rate is and I have yet to find a calculator that can factor in the combined time/pay to come up with a annuity estimate. My question is, how is legislative service calculated and how is it factored into my ultimate annuity? For the sake of discussion, my basic info is as follows:
DOB — 7/18/59
SCD — 11/6/1981
USMC — 11/6/81 – 11/5/86
U.S. Senate — 11/6/86-11/3/2001
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs — 11/4/2001 to present
My current salary is $113,785; my average high three, as of now, is $104,642. Can you help me figure this out?
A. You’ve come to the right address. If you have at least five years of congressional service, that time will be computed using a more generous formula: 0.017 x your high-3 x all years and full months of congressional service. Since you cut it rather close, you’ll need to check with your personnel office to see if you do, in fact, have five years of such service.