Windfall elimination provision


Q. I have 34 years of service in CSRS and still work. I have 17 years of substantial payments in Social Security and starting collecting at age 66. Is there a maximum amount that my Social Security can be reduced by the windfall elimination provision, or is it possible to lose my entire Social Security payment upon retirement from government?

A. Yes, there is a limit. For more information abut how the WEP works, go to


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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