What Happened to My COLA for 2010?

By on December 27, 2009 in Retirement with 0 Comments

We have received questions from readers, perhaps because OPM is now distributing its annual “Notice of Annuity Adjustment,” inquiring about why there is no COLA increase for federal retirees in 2010 when the average federal employee is getting a raise.

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Pay, COLAs and Your 2009 Paycheck

By on November 5, 2008 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

COLA’s and pay raises are of interest to virtually all of our readers. There is also confusion about who gets what increase. Here is a brief explanation of the 2009 COLA and the 2009 federal employee pay raise–and why you do not get both a pay raise and a COLA.

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2009 COLA Jumping 5.8% for Some Federal Retirees

By on October 16, 2008 in Retirement with 0 Comments

How much of an increase will federal retirees receive next year? At 5.8%, it will be the highest increase in about 25 years. Here is a summary of which groups will get the full increase and who will not receive the full benefit of next year’s COLA.

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3.9% Average Pay Raise for Feds in 2009 in Temporary Spending Bill

By on September 30, 2008 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

A temporary government spending bill will fund the federal government into March of next year. It also contains an average pay raise for federal employees of 3.9% that will be effective in January.

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5.7% for Retirees in 2009? It May Still Go Higher

By on July 17, 2008 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Here is a reality check for readers. Inflation is alive and well. Federal retirees are on track for an increase of 5.7% next year–with another three months to go before the final figure is known. Federal employees may get an average of 3.9%–or there may be a continuing resolution that would delay finalizing the budget until 2009.

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Shutdowns, Furloughs, COLAs, Congress and the 2008 Pay Raise

By on November 19, 2007 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Congress has gone home even though the Senate says it is still technically open for business. While they may enjoy their time away from DC, their departure leaves open the possibility of furloughs in DoD, funding for most federal agencies still up in the air and uncertainty about the 2008 pay raise for current federal employees. Retirees are set though. Enjoy your holiday.

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COLA's, Housing Costs and Lawsuits: How Pay is Determined for Some Federal Employees

By on August 1, 2006 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Federal employees outside of the contiguous 48 states are paid differently than most FedSmith readers who usually get an annual raise and locality pay. OPM did a survey on housing costs in these areas outside the 48 contiguous states and has published the results.

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4.1%! Fed Retirees Can Look Forward to Bigger Than Expected Increase

By on October 14, 2005 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Many federal retirees can look forward to a larger than expected increase in their annuity check in January 2006.

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COLA’s, Pay Raises and the Federal Community

By on August 18, 2005 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Some federal retirees may get a higher pay raise than active federal employees in 2006.

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Single Digit Rise in Health Insurance for 2005

By on September 14, 2004 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Federal employee health insurance premiums going up average of 7.9% in 2005

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