Q. I started at a federal agency in June 2010 as a GS-14. I bought back my military time (10 years). I was recalled to active duty in the Army in March 2011. I was on active duty, and in a leave-without-pay status, until March 2012. I returned to my agency after completing my service. I may take a GS-12 position closer to home. I’m close to retirement age. If I switch to GS-12 in July, would my high-3 be a mix of GS-14 and GS-12? If I switch to GS-12 in January 2015, would my high-3 be as a GS-14?
A. Your high-3 will be your highest three consecutive years (36 months) of average basic pay, no matter when they occur in your career.