Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Locality pay

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Q. Is there a minimum number of days per pay period that an employee must work at his assigned duty station (duty station as it appears on the SF-52) to qualify for locality pay in that area? I live in one state, and my wife in another (long story). I try to get home once a month by taking a combination of a few days of annual leave and a few telework days. I have heard that to qualify for locality pay, a person must work in that area a minimum of two days per pay period (which seems more than reasonable, and even lenient).

A. Eligibility for locality pay is based on your official duty station, not where you work on a given day.

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