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Q. How does one calculate top three? Is that the amount you make annually for the last three years of your top salary? For example: .01 x $62,000 x 20 (with $62,000 being the average of one’s top 3).

Q. If I’m offered a position at a lower grade, but the same pay through pay retention (same GS pay plan), would declining it forfeit my already filed disability retirement application? Also, position would be non-law enforcement versus my current law enforcement retirement plan, so I would be giving up my enhanced 20-year law enforcement officer annuity. According to what I’ve read, I’m not required to accept a lower grade position — even if they match the pay rate.

As a result of all the early retirement offers and buyouts, a lot of employees leave government for what they hope will be greener pastures. Whatever their motivation, quite a few of them think about returning to work for the federal government. If you are one of them, a potential impediment to your coming back to work is this. If you received a buyout and return to work before the end of five years, with rare exception, the law requires that you repay the entire amount no later than the date on which you report for duty. If you didn’t…

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?

Q. I am 54 years old and have been working for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years as a city carrier. Am I eligible for retirement? What percentage of my pay will I be able to receive? A. No, you aren’t eligible to retire now. However, you could resign from the government and apply for a deferred annuity under the MRA+10 provision. If you did, your annuity would be reduced by 5 percent for every year (5/12 percent per month) you were under age 60. Your annuity would be based on your high-3 and years of service as a FERS employee when you left.…

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