APWU: CSRS, FERS, SS and FECA colas for 2018

For CSRS Retirees:

The 2018 CSRS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2017 over the 2016 third quarter average. 2018 CSRS COLA increase effective with January 2018 annuity payments will be 2.0%​.


For FERS Retirees:

The 2018 FERS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2017 over the 2016 third quarter average. However, if the CPI-W quarterly average increases 3% or more, they subtract 1%. A 5% increase in the quarterly CPI-W average results in a 4% adjustment. If the quarterly average increases from 2% to 3%, benefits increase by 2%. A CPI-W quarterly average increase of 2% or less will increase benefits by the change in the CPI-W quarterly average. The 2018 FERS COLA increase effective with January 2018 annuity payments will be 2.0%.


For Social Security Recipients:

The 2018 Social Security COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2017 over the 2016 third quarter average. The 2018 Social Security COLA increase effective with January 2018 annuity payments will be 2.0%.​


For FECA Employees:

The percentage increase in the December CPI-W (1982-84=100) index from year to year determines the FECA COLA increase. After the ninth month of the 12-month measuring period for the 2018 FECA COLA the Index rose 2.357%.

Source: APWU

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