OPM Retirement Backlog Balloons Again in October

By Erich Wagner – November 6, 2017 The Office of Personnel Management on Monday reported a slowdown in its processing of federal employee retirement claims in October, marking the first significant increase to its backlog since July. Last month, OPM received 8,850 new retirement claims from departing federal workers, which was only slightly more than…

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Western PA Postal Workers: A World Turned Upside Down

Imagine this – life is going along in a very routine manner. Then out of the blue, you are ordered out of your home by the authorities and relocated to another locale. The authorities justify their actions because of a pending disaster. Several days later you are released from custody into a world never seen…

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APWU SWCAL Retiree Chapter has a WEB Page

Via Bobby Donelson, APWU SWCAL Retiree Chapter President: swcalretirees.org is the website for Southwest Coastal Area Local #917 of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO. Due to the fact the local’s swcal web page was deactivated in April, the Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter has set up a web page. One important part of…

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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…

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2018 SS COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums

The Social Security Administration announced Friday that next year’s Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be 2.0%. That means an increase of $25 per month for the average beneficiary. According to the nonpartisan Kaiser Foundation, however, this will not be enough to offset the rise in Medicare Part B premium costs for 2018….

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NARFE: FEHBP Premium Increase in 2018

Press Release – October 4, 2017 Alexandria, VA – The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today announced the average Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program premium for America’s retired and active federal workers will increase 4.0 percent in 2018, with the average enrollee’s share rising 6.1 percent. In response, Richard G. Thissen, president of the…

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