Q. I am an 1811, GS-13, Step 9, federal law enforcement officer. I was activated, under Title 10 for 13 months in 2012. I deployed to Afghanistan. I am eligible to retire from my federal employment. How does the Office of Personnel Management calculate my high-3 for retirement purposes, if one of my high-3 years would have been during the time I was deployed?
A. It will base your high-3 on the highest three consecutive years of average basic pay received, no matter when they occurred in your career.