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Fed advocates welcome bill to end WEP penalty


A major federal advocacy organization came out this week in support of a possible turnaround in a long-lived weight on government retirees.

The so-called “Windfall Elimination Provision” (WEP), a Social Security calculation that though originally set up to prevent overpayment in effect significantly cuts federal employee retirement payouts from that federal agency, has remained a bugbear to feds and many unions and other advocates who have lobbied for rescinding it for many years.

Now there is hope that a major tweak to the WEP may be in the works, with legislative proposals pending. Most recently, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member, reintroduced the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, H.R. 5834. The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), joined by many feds, is cheering the prospect.

“Since its inception, NARFE has opposed the WEP as unfairly punishing hardworking public servants through reduced Social Security benefits,” Ken Thomas, the organization’s president, explained. “Amid growing support in Congress for its repeal or reform, NARFE urges lawmakers to coalesce around a workable solution to this four-decade drain on those who dedicated their careers to serving the public good.”

“The latest attempt to repair the damage caused by WEP came last week when Brady introduced his bill, which would provide rebates for those affected now by WEP and
create a fairer formula moving forward.”

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