Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

Congress Starts Fast on WEP/GPO Repeal

2007 MAR - New Social Security Chairman Named - Members, affected by Social Security’s WEP (Windfall Elimination Provision) or GPO (Government Pension Offset), will be pleased to hear that bills to repeal both laws have not only  been refiled in the Congress, but have already received overwhelming support. On the first day of the current (110th) session, California Congressmen, Democrat Howard Berman and Republican Howard “Buck” McKeon, filed the bipartisan House bill (H.R. 82) to repeal the WEP/GPO outright.


JAN 2007 - Like many members, retired Marshfield teacher Edris Kelley had held out hope that change would come to the power structure in Washington, D.C., sooner rather than later. While the life-long Democrat longed for political change, it was not based entirely on partisan principles alone.

who have been impacted by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), have grown increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress on Capitol Hill with legislation to provide relief from the two devastating laws.

Effort Underway to Force Floor Vote on WEP/GPO Repeal

NOV 2006 - Members Urged To Call Congressmen - “This may be our last chance in ‘06 to get something done
on WEP/GPO Repeal,” states Association President Ralph White. The ‘this,” to
which White is referring, is the effort now underway in the Congress to force a
vote on WEP/GPO Repeal.

WEP GPO Relief

SEPTEMBER 2006 - Courts Are Not The Answer - As Washington focuses more and more
upon the mid-term elections in November, the likelihood
of meaningful action on controversial domestic
issues, such as Social Security, lessens. This
has prompted some members to question whether it
would be more effective to challenge Social Security’s
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government
Pension Offset (GPO) in the courts, rather than
continuing the effort exclusively with the Congress.

Taking Issue With Fed Over GPO/WEP

JULY 06 - Social Security Justifies Laws - Association officials, along with representatives from other non Social Security states, strongly took issue with the remarks of a Social Security Administration official, which seemed to justify the existence of the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) laws.

New Tactic To Spur GPO/WEP Repeal

MAY 2006 - Coordinated Efforts With Congressional Delegation - Following a series of winter meetings in Washington, DC, the Association has launched a new campaign aimed at spurring action on the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (GPO).

Social Security Update: Association Pushes WEP/GPO Repeal At Summit

MARCH 2006 - As we went to press in early February, Association officers were gearing up for a major legislative summit in Washington DC. With Social Security having ended up on the back burner after the string of natural disasters last fall, the conference is our latest attempt to refocus Congress on the issue.

WEP/GPO Repeal: Outlook In '06

JANUARY 2006 - GOP At Odds Over Social Security - Members are growing understandably restless, as efforts to repeal the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) remain stalled in Washington.

Social Security Changes Swamped By Hurricanes

NOVEMBER 2005 - Impact Felt On Legislative Front - Autumn was supposed to mark the beginning of the end for the dreadful Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). But that was before the two-thirds of the US Gulf Coast was devastated by two late-summer hurricanes.

Washington Eyes Social Security Changes

SEPTEMBER 2005 - WEP/GPO Strategy Unfolds - As top Republican congressional leaders back away from the issue of diverting Social Security funds into so-called "private accounts", optimism is building that a reform bill may be acted on later this year.