Temporary promotions and high-3

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Q. I am a GS-12 Step 10 and applied for a temporary promotion GS-14 (as I had been a GS-14 many years ago and took a 14-year break in service); it was posted as NTE 1-4 years. If after three or more years they do not make the position (six of them) permanent, and I have to return to my GS-12 Step 10 position, do the three years count as my high-3? I want to retire in five years and the high-3 is a big deciding factor.

A. Your high-3 will be based on your highest three consecutive years of basic pay, no matter 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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  1. In addition to Mr Jones’ reply, the high three for GS employees also includes such things as; locality pay, within grade increases, special pay rates established for recruiting and retention purposes, and certain types of premium pay (largely affecting firefighters and LEO’s).

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