Cost-of-living adjustments


Q: I see that Social Security announced its cost-of-living adjustment for 2009, has this been determined for Civil Service Retirement System retirees? Also, has the Office of Personnel Management announced any change for the upcoming open season for retiree health benefits, such as separating current workers and retirees in health plans?

A: The Social Security COLA and the CSRS COLA are the same. There are no plans to separate current workers from retirees, nor could there be without a change in the law. However, OPM has been exploring the possibility of offering different options for Medicare-eligible retirees.

— Reg Jones


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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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