LEAP and annuity computation


 Q. I am a 59-year-old 1811 serving in a secondary law enforcement 1811 billet. I receive law enforcement availability pay, but I’m also on pay retention; therefore, with my salary and LEAP, most of LEAP is not paid due to salary cap.

1. Can the entire salary, including the nonpaid LEAP be used when calculating my retirement annuity?

2. If I retire at 59 or 60, can I receive the special retirement supplement?

A. Only your actual pay can be used to compute your annuity, not money you would have been paid but for a cap. As for the special retirement supplement, you’ll be entitled to receive it until you reach age 62.


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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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