Legislation Introduced on Pension Offsets

There have been several bills introduced to change the formula used in the Windfall Elimination Provision and to eliminate the Government Pension Offset.

Older womanDuring this session, Congress has introduced several bills that seek to address the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and to eliminate the Government Pension Offset (GPO) Social Security laws that can affect federal retirees with CSRS annuities.

The GPO reduces spousal Social Security retirement benefits in situations where the retiree did not pay Social Security taxes on his or her employment earnings. The WEP is a formula used to adjust Social Security worker benefits for people who receive non-covered pensions and qualify for Social Security benefits based on other Social Security-covered earnings. In each case, a pension based on earnings not covered by Social Security, such as CSRS, can affect the amount of your Social Security benefit.

H.R. 1205, introduced by Representative Davis (R-IL), and S. 915, introduced by Senator Brown (D-OH), seek to repeal both the GPO and the WEP. H.R. 6962, introduced by Representative Smith (D-WA), would change the WEP formula to make it apply to fewer people. H.R. 6933, introduced by Representative Brady (R-TX), and S.3526, introduced by Senator Cruz (R-TX), would also replace the WEP provision with a different formula to equalize benefits for those with government pensions.

NTEU has supported the elimination of both of these provisions. It is unclear if any of these bills will be passed before the 115th Congress ends. We will keep you informed of any developments.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.