Q. I’m working in the D.C. area and am a GS-15 with 38 years of service. I’m considering a GS-13 position in Florida (retirement state) for the last 4 years (to age 60). I know that my high-3 will be based on my past three years as a 15, but if I do the Florida GS-13 job, would I retire as high-3 of GS-15 at 42 years? The extra four years is a lot if the GS-13 position doesn’t get in that way.
A. Your Hi-3 is based on the highest consecutive 36 months in your pay history.