GPO and Social Security


Q. I am turning 67 and planning to apply for Social Security benefits based on my own record of more than 37 years.  I currently am receiving a CSRS annuity from my deceased husband who died in February 1982 while still working.  Will the GPO affect my Social Security benefit amount?

A. No, it will not. The government pension offset applies only to the Social Security benefit of someone who is receiving an earned annuity from a retirement system where he or she didn’t pay Social Security taxes.


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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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