Jessica Klement

  • COVID-19 impact on 2021 COLA, pay raise and WEP/GPO

    Given the impact of the pandemic on the economy, and on prices, it is unlikely that retirees who get cost of living adjustments most years will be getting a COLA in January 2021.

  • Add ‘political realities’ to the strikes against retirees

    Although looking back on the first couple of months of 2020 might seem like the Good Old Days, benefits expert Tammy Flanagan said, “It was already destined to be pretty rocky” being an election year and all. But, then, of course, came the coronavirus pandemic.

  • GPO and WEP: The other pandemics!

    Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset cost millions of federal and public employees even more millions in dollars of benefits.

  • Returning to fight coronavirus as a reemployed annuitant? Here’s what you need to know

    Agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs are calling on federal retirees to return to government and help with their coronavirus responses as reemployed annuitants. Thinking of joining them? Here’s what you need to know.

  • Join the fight of our lives: Uncle Sam wants you back

    The Office of Personnel Management has given the Department of Veterans Affairs authority to rehire retired federal medical professionals.

  • NARFE projects election will overshadow federal pay, benefits in 2020

    Experts from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association said the election season will overshadow much of what should happen on Capitol Hill.

  • Forget coronavirus and primaries, time for wallet check!

    The Democratic presidential primaries are great drama this year and the coronavirus scare is super important. That said, until a lot more is known, life goes on.

  • WEP and Offset: The Social Security killers

    The two decades-old laws impact, as in reduce or almost eliminate, the Social Security benefits of 1.8 million public servants.

  • 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.

  • Preparing for 2020 with Public Employee Groups

    FEDtalk Tune in to FEDtalk this week to hear from public employee groups about their plans for 2020. Guests from across the federal community will discuss the biggest issues of 2019 spilling into the new…