Q. Is a temporary promotion of less than or equal to 120 days included in your high-3 computation for retirement (assuming the promotion was within your last 3 years of service)?

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