Q. I am a CSRS fed, planning on retiring at the end of 2012. I am debating either Dec. 31, 2012, or Jan 4, 2013. What is the effect of each date on my January 2014 cost-of-living adjustment. I know that if I retire Dec. 31, my COLA in January 2014 will be 11/12 of the consumer price index. If I retire Jan. 4, 2013, will my January 2014 CPI be 11/12 or 10/12 of the CPI?
A. If you retire Dec. 31, you’ll be on the annuity roll in January 2013 and receive 11/12ths of the 2014 cost-of-living adjustment. If you waited until Jan. 4, 2013, you wouldn’t be on the annuity roll until February. As a result, you’d lose one month of annuity and your 2014 COLA would only be 10/12ths.