Temporary promotions and high-3


Q. Can temporary promotions be used in the computation of an individual’s high-3?

A. An employee’s high-3 is computed using the average of his highest three consecutive years of average basic pay. Since those three years are made up of 78 consecutive biweekly pay periods, any bump in your pay that resulted from a temporary promotion would be included.


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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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