Browsing: COLA

Q. Is the cost of the spousal benefit I elect on the day I retire (approximately 10 percent of my pension) set in stone? Or do I have to pay more each year because the value of my pension is going up due to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)? (Is it 10 percent of retirement pay on Day 1 and that amount is paid forever, or 10 percent of my pension as it goes up due to COLA? Is the value of my spousal benefit based on 55 percent of the amount of my high-3 pay at retirement or is it 55 percent of my pension at…

Q. I am a FERS retiree. My effective retirement date is Nov. 1, 2010. I turned 62 in April 2016, which means I won’t be getting my separate annuity equal to a portion of my Social Security. When I retired in 2010, I was told that when I turned 62 I would get my COLAs adjusted so that my retirement pay will be adjusted up with all FERS COLAs since 2010. Can you tell me if this is correct?

Q. I will be moving from a lower Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) area to a higher COLA area (a difference of 6 percent). The first two years of my high-3 is at the lower COLA and the last year will be at the higher COLA rate. I am 62, in FERS and have a year of unused sick leave. How will the sick leave affect my high-3 year average for retirement purposes? Will it be used to increase my high-3 year average or not?

With bills being introduced on the Hill to eliminate the special retirement supplement (SRS) for future Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) retirees, I thought it would be a good idea to explain what the special retirement supplement (SRS) is, why it is, and how the amount is figured. What is the SRS and why is it provided? The SRS approximates the Social Security benefit you earned while a FERS employee. It’s designed to bridge the gap between the time you retire and age 62, when you’ll be eligible for a Social Security benefit. Notice the words “bridge the gap”? The…

Q. I am a Civil Service Retirement System/Federal Employees Retirement System retiree that left the government after 30 years. I switched to FERS in 1987. At age 62, I had 21 years of substantial earnings under social security. I began receiving social security benefits at 65. By age 62, I had 7 years of substantial earnings in the private sector. Most of these years are maximum earnings. Will my social security benefits be increased? In total I now have 27 years of substantial earnings and will be 69 in October.

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