Q. I’m a FERS employee and have three years before a full retirement. I have been detailing into an EAS 17 position for 120 days at a time with a two week separation each time due to contract rules. Will my higher detail base pay count toward my average high-3?

A. You high-3 will be based on the average of your highest, three consecutive years of basic pay, which would include any temporary increases in that pay.


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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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