Temporary promotions and high-3


Q. I am a federal employee under CSRS and I am eligible for retirement. I was temporarily promoted to GS-12 for two years and the demoted back to a GS-10. Does the time I was a GS-12 count toward my high-3 retirement calculation?

A. Your high-3 is based on your highest three years (78 consecutive months) of average salary. So if those years during which you received more pay fall within that time period, they will be used in your high-3 calculation.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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