High-3 calculation for activated reservist


Q. I am an 1811, GS-13, Step 9, federal law enforcement officer. I was activated, under Title 10 for 13 months in 2012. I deployed to Afghanistan. I am eligible to retire from my federal employment. How does the Office of Personnel Management calculate my high-3 for retirement purposes, if one of my high-3 years would have been during the time I was deployed?

A. It will base your high-3 on the highest three consecutive years of average basic pay received, no matter when they occurred 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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