High-3 basis


Q. The DFAS Calendar Year 2016 has 27 pay periods. If you retire on Dec. 31, 2017, would your high three count that extra pay period, or 79 pay periods? I saw elsewhere it is simply 78 pay periods.

A. Your high-3 is based on your highest 78 consecutive pay periods, regardless of when they occur in your career.


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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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