Windfall elimination provision and Social Security


Q: I was a CSRS employee and I retired from the federal government in 1994 under the 10 percent reduction by President Clinton. I have been working in the private sector from 1995 to 2011. Can I connect Social Security from 1995 till 2011 if I am 65?

A: Because you are receiving an annuity from CSRS, a retirement system where you didn’t pay Social Security taxes, your Social Security benefit will be affected by the windfall elimination provision. The WEP reduces the Social Security benefit of anyone who has fewer than 30 years of substantial earnings under Social Security.


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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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