Q. Is locality calculated separately from base pay for retirement? Is locality also a high-3 calculation, or is it based on locality of location when you retire, or is it the locality where you earned your high-3 base pay? If my locality is reduced because base pay plus locality exceed the cap, is retirement annuity calculated from the capped number or full base pay and full locality?
A. Your high-3 is based on the average of your highest three consecutive years of pay, regardless of when they occur in your career. Locality pay is a component of basic pay, and the total of these two is the amount from which retirement deductions are taken. Since you don’t receive any pay that falls above a cap, retirement deductions can’t be taken from it; therefore it plays no part in the determination of your high-3.