Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

GPO/WEP Update

MARCH 2002
- With November elections fast approaching, the 107th Congress is
feeling added pressure to finally enact relief from the Government
Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Laws in 2002. (For a quick overview
of these laws, check out our "GPO And WEP Explained: In A Nutshell"
article from the September 2001 Voice.) Mindful of this, the
Association, with the other coalition members in CARE (Coalition to
Assure Retirement Equity), have shifted into high gear to achieve one
objective over the next few months - GPO and WEP relief becoming law.

Mandatory Social Security Stalled

MARCH 2002 - Lussier Urges Caution - It's a huge win," said Tom Lussier, executive director of the Coalition to Preserve Retirement Security.

GPO/WEP Relief Slowed By World Events

JANUARY 2002
- Renewed Push This Year For House Vote - Social Security reform has understandably been placed on the
backburner by the 107th Congress, including efforts to provide relief
from the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination
Provision (WEP). "With the war and recession at the forefront, CARE
(Coalition to Assure Retirement Equity) has to step back, for now, from
the aggressive strategy it intended to employ before September 11,
regarding the offset and windfall, laws," reports Legislative Chairman
Bill Hill.

Drive Is On For Social Security Change

NOVEMBER 2001 - GPO, WEP Devastating To Members - With
a great deal of attention continuing to be focused on the pending
“reform” of the Social Security system, Association officials are
leaving nothing to chance as efforts continue to repeal or modify the
GPO and WEP provisions. Members are well aware of the financial
devastation that has resulted from these two regressive laws.

GPO And WEP Explained: In A Nutshell

SEPTEMBER 2001
- For the benefit of our newer members (and perhaps as a refresher for
all of us) here’s an explanation of the Government Pension Offset (GPO)
and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), in a nutshell.

Members Demand Action By Congress On GPO/WEP Relief Now

SEPTEMBER 2001
- As time passes and relief from Social Security’s Government Pension
Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) is still not a
reality, members are demanding action now by the Congress.

Majority Of U.S. Reps Support GPO Relief

JULY 2001 - Windfall Reform Also Gaining Sponsors - Less than five months after the 107th Congress got underway,
there is already a majority of the House of Representatives sponsoring
the Social Security GPO relief bill (HR 664) – 232 congressmen, as we
went to press, with 218 representing a majority. This is in marked
contrast to the last congressional session (106th) in which it took
almost a year and a half to reach that milestone.“Earlier
this year, led by the National Association of Retired Federal Employees
(NARFE), the Coalition to Assure Retirement Equality (CARE) held a
strategy meeting,” according to Legislative Chairman Bill Hill. “It was
decided then that coalition members would focus their energies on
enlisting as many cosponsors to HR 664 as possible.

Strong Push For GPO/WEP Reform Continues Unabated

MAY 2001 - Association Seeks Support For Relief From State Officials - While they don’t attract the national spotlight like tax cuts, efforts
to reform Social Security’s Government Pension Offset (GPO) and
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) are well underway in the 107th
Congress. Back home, our Association has also been hard at work on
these issues with state officials.

Defeat Of Mandatory Soc. Security Ongoing

MARCH 2001 - Association Continues Work With CPRS - In addition to our work with CARE on the GPO and WEP during the 107th Congress,
the Association will continue its affiliation with the Coalition to
Preserve Retirement Security (CPRS) on mandatory Social Security
coverage for all newly hired public employees. CPRS, whose current
chairman is Thomas Lussier (executive director of the Teachers'
Retirement Board), has as its primary and ongoing goal to defeat any
proposal that would mandate Social Security for new public emloyees.

The Origin Of The Offset

MARCH 2001 -
Although President Reagan is frequently blamed for the passage of the
GPO and the WEP legislation, there was strong bipartisan support for
both laws. The following is a brief background: