cost of living adjustment

  • January COLA way down but health premiums way up?

    For obvious reasons, nobody has a handle on where cost of living adjustments or health care costs/insurance premiums will end up.

  • Is whacking bureaucrats really smart politics?

    The White House’s proposal would eliminate a long-time benefit which provides “gap” payments to employees, like federal firefighters, forced to retire as early as age 57.

  • You can’t take it with you — or can you?

    One of the great fears of people planning for retirement is running out of, or low on money while they are still breathing.

  • Most dangerous jobs: Are you on the list?

    While there are some really dangerous federal jobs, including law enforcement officers, firefighters and prison personnel, even the 9-to-5 office positions are pretty scary now.

  • Downsizing your pay/pension for life

    In what’s become the administration’s evergreen budget plan, the White House has again proposed that federal workers kick in more of their salary toward their retirement plan in return for smaller lifetime annuities that are frozen when they retire.

  • Time to rethink federal pay and benefits

    No one gets paid what they deserve. But everyone deserves a little stability.

  • Trump proposes federal pay raise, familiar retirement cuts in 2021 budget

    President Donald Trump’s proposed 1% across-the-board federal pay raise is an attempt to meet Congress “halfway” on the topic, as the administration also recommended more agency funding on employee performance rewards and bonuses.

  • Kiss your pay raise, COLA goodbye? Again

    NARFE president Ken Thomas says last year’s White House budget proposal “breaks promises to both current and future retirees.”

  • Is your TSP portfolio too ‘safe?’

    Many people decided to ride out the Great Recession so they could miss the downside and return to the TSP’s C, S and I stock funds when things got better. Eleven years later, some still haven’t returned.

  • Retiree COLAs vs. workers pay raise: Why the difference?

    Federal workers this month are getting a 3.1% total pay and federal-postal retirees are getting a 1.6% cost of living adjustment.