Social Security

  • Social security relief for federal retirees, and other bills to watch after August recess

    Beyond the usual slew of appropriations bills and confirmation votes awaiting Congress when it returns to Capitol Hill next month, here are a few other standalone bills worth tracking that could impact federal employees.

  • 2020 COLA: Midsummer night’s dream?

    With two critical months to go in the cost of living adjustment countdown, federal, military and Social Security retirees are in line for an inflation catch-up.

  • When is the right time for feds to collect Social Security?

    Federal retirement expert Tammy Flanagan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss some of the considerations employees should make.

  • Will retirement mean lifetime diet?

    Most current federal retirees, and a small percentage of folks still on the payroll, are under the old Civil Service Retirement System. It offers a generous lifetime annuity that is based on salary and length…

  • Ice cream with jimmies or Social Security?

    Will Congress get to second base on Social Security reform? There’s actually a serious bill in the House to deal with Social Security’s looming insolvency.

  • D-Day for pay raise, health premiums, retiree COLA

    The size and purchasing power of your 2020 biweekly paycheck or monthly annuity payment will be decided in a couple of months. The good news about the January 2020 COLA for federal, military and Social Security retirees is that there almost certainly will be one.

  • WEP and MAGA: Engage or enrage?

    The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) has been at the top of the legislative hit list for groups representing federal and public retirees for decades.

  • Social Security’s windfall: Curse or cure?

    The windfall elimination provision reduces the Social Security benefit for someone with less than 30 years of covered service if they qualify for an SSA benefit after as little as five years of covered service.

  • House Rep. trying again to help federal retirees who saw cuts to Social Security

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a bill in the House would replace the Windfall Elimination Provision which currently cuts Social Security benefits for federal retirees who worked in a private sector job and also receive a government pension.

  • Retirement prep tips: Boost your Social Security benefit 76%

    Benefits expert Tammy Flanagan joins Your Turn today to answer questions about Social Security and retirement applicable to both federal and private sector workers.