The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) “was enacted as part of the 1983 Social Security Refinancing Act, designed to shore up the financing of the Social Security Trust Fund. That Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan” (Mass Retirees).
For more information on WEP and GPO, check the Social Security website:
Update for WEP & GPO (April 28, 2013): http://teacherpoetmusicianglenbrown.blogspot.com/2013/04/speak-out-for-social-security-fairness.html
Update for WEP & GPO from Mass Retirees (November 15, 2014):
"If passed, H.R. 5697 would repeal the current WEP law and replace it with a new Social Security formula that would apply to all Social Security recipients - both public and private sector. Current retirees, impacted by the WEP, would see their Social Security benefit recalculated. The result would be a restoration of roughly 1/3 of the original WEP reduction.
"'The goal of H.R. 5697 is to create a fair Social Security calculation that accurately reflects the years paid into Social Security vs. the years paid into a pension system outside of Social Security,' explains Association Legislative Liaison Shawn Duhamel. 'If passed into law the benefit change would take effect in 2017, once Social Security launches their new enforcement system that will ensure everyone is collecting the benefit in which they earned.'"
Federal Legislation to Repeal Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) Introduced November 2014 (Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana):
“…U.S. Congressmen Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Richard Neal (D-MA) have co-authored H.R. 711, known as the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act. If passed, this federal legislation would repeal the WEP in its current form and enact a new formula which would recognize actual earnings history. At a recent meeting Ms. Rougeou attended in Washington, D.C., Congressman Brady asserted that the legislation has bipartisan support, is cost neutral, and he believes it has a real chance at passage...”
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Update (June 17, 2015):
Congressman Richard Neil (D-MA) and Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) are continuing their efforts to pass HR 711, a measure to reform the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision.
Updated (June 29, 2015)
Dear Mr. Brown:
Thank you for contacting me to voice your support for repealing the Windfall Elimination and Government Pension Offset Provisions in current law. I appreciate your active participation in our legislative process. Your involvement helps me more effectively represent you and the Eleventh District of Illinois.
Updated (February 24, 2016)
“WEP—More than 1.5 million people are affected by the WEP. It harms low-income retirees more than those with larger pensions. Everyone knows that the formula and premise are wrong. People are punished by not earning Social Security in their work as public servants, and then they are punished again when they retire by losing what they had already earned in other work (Congressional Research Report).
National Policy Council
Association of Retired Americans
601 E Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20049
Social Security Works
815 16th St NW Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Social Security Works is an activist group supported by a number of unions. They have not paid attention to our issue. They need to know more about GPO/WEP and what happens to us.
10 G Street NE Suite 600
Washington DC 20002 800.966.1935
This group has studied the GPO and WEP and has endorsed the current repeal bills. Thank them and let them know how you have been affected.
Alliance for Retired Americans
815 16th St., N.W., 4th floor
Washington, D.C., 20006
This is a group of active seniors who have ratified a resolution to support the repeal of the offsets. They need to know how the offsets have affected you. Please encourage them to do more!
Older Women’s League
1627 Eye St., N.W. Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006
This group is particularly interested in issues affecting older women. They have been understanding, but they need to hear more stories.
American Association of University Women
Patricia Fae Ho, Board Chair
1111 Sixteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
You can write the Board of Directors from this link: