Congress Authorizes COLA for Disabled Veterans

September 19, 2014 2:10 PM

Congress has passed legislation that would provide a cost of living adjustment for disabled veterans receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other compensation for survivors of veterans who have died as a result of their service to the country.

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Federal Pay Raises Through the Years

March 11, 2014 2:28 PM

There are probably several reasons for the small pay raises of the past few years. Looking back, there are times when pay raises have been substantial. Why is today different?

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The Real Cost of the Chained CPI

February 20, 2014 6:44 PM

The author says that the chained CPI which the president recently dropped from his budget proposal would actually have been a good thing because of its potential to help with reducing the national debt. He notes that the actual cost to federal retirees from the chained CPI would have been less than the cost of a pizza each month and illustrates its financial impact for federal pensioners.

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Your COLA in 2014: 1.5%

October 30, 2013 10:03 AM

The Social Security Administration announced today that the annual cost of living adjustment for Social Security recipients will be 1.5%.

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The Long Term Effects of the Pay Freeze

What is the overall impact of the pay freeze on employees retiring in the near future? The author runs some hypothetical numbers to illustrate.

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How Bad is the ‘Chained CPI’

December 19, 2012 3:40 PM

How would a chained CPI impact a federal retiree’s annuity payments over time?

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Calculating Your 2013 COLA

June 25, 2012 6:19 PM

How much of an increase will federal retirees get in their retirement annuity in January 2013? Probably not much.

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Is the Long-Term Gain Worth the Short-Term Loss?

May 16, 2012 8:56 PM

The author tells a true story of a federal employee and friend who suffered some serious health problems and had to contend with leave without pay and retirement annuity considerations to cover his medical bills.

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Thirteen Years of Increases for Employees vs. FERS and CSRS

October 22, 2011 6:35 AM

Employees and retirees live in the same environments and are subject to the same increases in the cost of living, but the general, annual raise they get is different. The author outlines sample annual raises for three hypothetical employees.

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3.6 Percent COLA for 2012

October 19, 2011 9:04 AM

After two years without any increase in the cost of living adjustment (COLA), there will be an increase of 3.6% for those who receive the full amount of the annual adjustment.

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