High-3 for firefighter


Q. I am a USFS firefighter with 17 years of 6c covered firefighter/law enforcement service. If I take a temporary promotion/detail in a non-6c covered position during my last 3 years of service (my high 3), will this higher salary be included in my high-3 calculations?

A. Your high-3 is based on the average of your highest three consecutive years (78 biweekly pay periods) of basic pay, wherever 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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