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Social Security’s “Evil Twins” – WEP and GPO

“WEP” (Windfall Elimination Provision), and “GPO” (Government Pension Offset) are two 1980s vintage Social Security rules which affect many Federal and State public service employees. Both of these rules apply to anyone who has earned a pension without contributing to the Social Security program, as was possible for older employees of the Federal Government and as is still possible for State employees in 26 of our 50 U.S. states. These provisions reduce Social Security retirement, spousal or survivor benefits otherwise earned by that retiree. This Federal News Network article by Mike Causey suggests (with a typo or two in the article) that it’s high-time to sunset these two provisions, outlining two ways to do it – run for Congress, or (more realistically) be vocal during the forthcoming Congressional election cycle and seek candidates who support reforming both WEP and GPO. Click here to read more.

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