Retirement COLA? Here's What To Do

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Millions of current and retired federal employees pay attention to the magnitude of the federal pay boost and the retiree inflation catchup every year. As a result, they are even more vital to the communities where they reside, vote, shop, and raise children.

Therefore, in his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden made a particular point of announcing that federal employees who are now working remotely will return to their offices “soon,” as in “soon.”

Both current employees and those who have already retired may be concerned about the importance of increases and COLAs, but they may be unaware of the specific amounts.

Especially when the sums are so vastly different, the system dictates that the methods used to arrive at such figures are primarily of scholarly interest to the two parties. You’ll receive what you’re looking for. Period!

Cost of Living Adjustment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a cost of living adjustment for retirees. The inflation rate does not play a role in any base raise for active duty federal employees.

As a result, federal employees in high-paying cities like New York, Houston, and Los Angeles earn more than their counterparts in lower-paying states like Kentucky and Idaho. COLAs are frequently granted to retirees even while government salary increases are capped, as in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Pay for government employees increased by 2.7 percent in 2013. Old-system civil service retirees received a 5.9 percent cost of living increase, while new-system federal employee retirees received a 4.9 percent adjustment.

In January 2023, then Vice President Biden proposed a 4.6 percent increase for federal employees. The September cost of living statistics must be reviewed to establish the retiree COLA. However, considering how quickly things have evolved, the COLA for 2023 might be a monster.

Raises vs. Cost-of-Living Adjustments

For most people, the debate over a pay increase versus a cost-of-living adjustment is purely academic. There is disappointment among those who receive the lowest percentage raise. And so it goes. However, “regular times” is the most important word. These, on the other hand, are not.

We’re in the thick of a European land war. Refugees, mainly women and children, have fled to six nations, including the United States, Germany, and Canada. Nearly 11 miles from Poland, the Ukraine conflict has shifted its focus to the east.

One assault on a member of NATO (the United States included) is an attack on all NATO members. Many people in the United States think that the recent election was rigged. Many people are eager to see how the elimination of controversial mask mandates will affect the economy.

Ex-President Barack Obama tested positive for COVID earlier this week. Who knows what effect the first large-scale gatherings in recent years — from Mardi Gras in Louisiana to the Florida beaches — will have when people return to their hometowns and colleges?

Increase in the Cost of Fuel

The fuel price looks to be rapidly rising from $4 a gallon to $5 a gallon. Unless, of course, you reside in California, where time moves at a breakneck pace. It’s a little bit! What’s next? It’s hard to say when this “return to the office” trend will run out of gas.

Supply chain issues might become worse before they get better at present. The “economy,” as most people refer to it, is affected by various factors, including new trade restrictions. Your biweekly income and monthly annuity are also real.

Will the massive wave of retirements be triggered if the gap between a COLA and a salary increase widens? It has been foretold for over a decade, yet nothing has happened — for the time being. More than a hundred thousand active-duty federal employees are now eligible to retire.

They need to determine whether they can afford to retire and rely solely on diet COLAs in an inflationary environment. To achieve this, they’ll need to see how their Thrift Savings Plan account is doing and whether they need to make any changes to its allocation in light of the current economic climate.

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