NARFE Expresses Views on Social Security Fairness in Advance of Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Klement
March 21, 2016 703-838-7760
  jklement@narfe.org

Alexandria, VA – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) sent a statement for the record to the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee in advance of its hearing, “Social Security and Public Servants: Ensuring Equal Treatment,” held on March 22 at 10 a.m. A majority of NARFE’s membership is among the more than two million Social Security beneficiaries impacted by the unfair Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). The hearing will examine these provisions and reform efforts.   

"These unfair provisions cost more than two million retirees thousands of dollars each year in Social Security benefits, solely as a result of their government employment. They serve as a thankless reminder that our nation continues to undervalue public service. They should both be repealed,” NARFE President Richard G. Thissen stated in the Association’s written statement.

There are approximately 615,000 beneficiaries currently affected by the GPO. In addition to Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants, the GPO affects thousands of state and municipal retirees, as well as teachers and police whose work is not covered by Social Security. Of those affected by the GPO, 44 percent are widows or widowers, and 81 percent are women.

As of December 2014, the WEP affected 1,623,795 beneficiaries, including 1,506,792 retired workers, 16,613 disabled workers, and 100,390 spouses and children. In 2015, affected individuals can lose up to $413.00 per month in Social Security benefits from the WEP (almost $5,000 per year). In addition to CSRS federal annuitants, the WEP affects thousands of state and municipal retirees, as well as teachers and police whose work is not covered by Social Security.

NARFE long has supported full repeal of both the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset, which unfairly punishes workers and their spouses and survivors for receiving an annuity from non-Social Security-covered employment in addition to their Social Security benefits. Legislation to this end (H.R. 973/S.1651 in the 114th Congress) has seen little movement in Congress over the past several decades. Absent full repeal, NARFE supports reform efforts such as H.R. 711 introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-TX. This legislation would provide current WEP-affected individuals some relief and institute a new, fairer formula for future beneficiaries.

"NARFE is encouraged by the ongoing various reform efforts, particularly with regard to H.R. 711. This bill would help mitigate the WEP penalty by providing some relief for both current beneficiaries through a rebate and future Social Security recipients by improving the formula going forward. This relief is long past due but would be very much appreciated by individuals who are being penalized for their public service,” concluded Thissen.

For a full summary of Chairman Brady’s WEP reform legislation, H.R. 711, please click here.

The full statement from NARFE President Thissen can be read here.

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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), one of America’s oldest and largest associations, was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. The largest federal employee/retiree organization, NARFE represents the retirement interests of nearly five million current and future federal annuitants, spouses and survivors. 

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NARFE Expresses Views on Social Security Fairness in Advance of Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Klement
March 21, 2016 703-838-7760
  jklement@narfe.org

Alexandria, VA – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) sent a statement for the record to the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee in advance of its hearing, “Social Security and Public Servants: Ensuring Equal Treatment,” held on March 22 at 10 a.m. A majority of NARFE’s membership is among the more than two million Social Security beneficiaries impacted by the unfair Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). The hearing will examine these provisions and reform efforts.   

"These unfair provisions cost more than two million retirees thousands of dollars each year in Social Security benefits, solely as a result of their government employment. They serve as a thankless reminder that our nation continues to undervalue public service. They should both be repealed,” NARFE President Richard G. Thissen stated in the Association’s written statement.

There are approximately 615,000 beneficiaries currently affected by the GPO. In addition to Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants, the GPO affects thousands of state and municipal retirees, as well as teachers and police whose work is not covered by Social Security. Of those affected by the GPO, 44 percent are widows or widowers, and 81 percent are women.

As of December 2014, the WEP affected 1,623,795 beneficiaries, including 1,506,792 retired workers, 16,613 disabled workers, and 100,390 spouses and children. In 2015, affected individuals can lose up to $413.00 per month in Social Security benefits from the WEP (almost $5,000 per year). In addition to CSRS federal annuitants, the WEP affects thousands of state and municipal retirees, as well as teachers and police whose work is not covered by Social Security.

NARFE long has supported full repeal of both the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset, which unfairly punishes workers and their spouses and survivors for receiving an annuity from non-Social Security-covered employment in addition to their Social Security benefits. Legislation to this end (H.R. 973/S.1651 in the 114th Congress) has seen little movement in Congress over the past several decades. Absent full repeal, NARFE supports reform efforts such as H.R. 711 introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-TX. This legislation would provide current WEP-affected individuals some relief and institute a new, fairer formula for future beneficiaries.

"NARFE is encouraged by the ongoing various reform efforts, particularly with regard to H.R. 711. This bill would help mitigate the WEP penalty by providing some relief for both current beneficiaries through a rebate and future Social Security recipients by improving the formula going forward. This relief is long past due but would be very much appreciated by individuals who are being penalized for their public service,” concluded Thissen.

For a full summary of Chairman Brady’s WEP reform legislation, H.R. 711, please click here.

The full statement from NARFE President Thissen can be read here.

# # #

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), one of America’s oldest and largest associations, was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. The largest federal employee/retiree organization, NARFE represents the retirement interests of nearly five million current and future federal annuitants, spouses and survivors. 

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This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.