2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums

10/13/2017 APWU: 2018 Social Security COLA to Health Care Executive Order 2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums The Social Security Administration announced Friday that next year’s Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be 2.0%. That means an increase of $25 per month for the average beneficiary. […]

Senate confirms Tea Party Congressman Mulvaney as Trump’s budget director

2/16/17 Reuters – The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed South Carolina congressman Mick Mulvaney to serve as White House budget director in a 51-49 vote that largely followed party lines. Underscoring the rocky reception that President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees have had on Capitol Hill, the vote came as Republican Senator John McCain opposed […]

USPS OIG: Goodbye Mailed Social Security Paper Statements…Again

Oops, They Did It Again Goodbye paper statements…again. Two years after reinstating paper statements amid a firestorm of criticism for having ended them, the Social Security Administration is again pulling back on mailed statements. In a recent news article about a Social Security Administration blog post, the agency announced it would mail fewer statements this […]

NARFE: Federal Retirees worse off with only 0.3 Percent COLA increase for 2017

Alexandria, VA – – Federal retirees received bad news today with the announcement of the 2017 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), said National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Richard G. Thissen. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that the COLA to federal civilian and military retirement annuities and Social Security benefits in […]

Florida postal worker involved in mail theft of $2.3 Million in Social Security Checks

Tampa Man Pleads Guilty For His Role In Scheme To Steal More Than $2 Million In Social Security Checks 2/25/16 Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Richard Lee Anderson (37, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to receiving stolen government property.  He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal […]

NAPUS: Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision Reappears on the Legislative Radar

Windfall Elimination Provision – Social Security January 13, 2016  – More than 30 years ago, Congress enacted legislation to strengthen the Social Security program, in part, at the expense of Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants who were eligible for Social Security. Since 1983, NAPUS and others, including NARFE, have sought to repeal this discriminatory […]

Senator Sanders: No COLA for Social Security, Disabled Vets is ‘Unacceptable’

October 15, 2015 LOS ANGELES – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday called it “unacceptable” that millions of seniors will get no annual cost-of-living adjustment in their Social Security checks in 2016. The announcement on Thursday by the Social Security Administration also means there will be no boost in benefits for disabled veterans. Next year […]

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement and the Postal Worker: Planning for Tomorrow’s Today

By Attorney Robert R. McGill The golden days of yesteryear are gone. Time was, employment with the U.S. Postal Service was not merely another job, but a career that ensured job satisfaction, income security, and a sense of investment for the future. Then, technology and the promise of innovation arrived; “efficiency” was the word for […]

Alaska Postal Employee sentenced to 30 months in prison for $366k OWCP, SSA Fraud

Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that Amancio Zamora Agcaoili, Jr. was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason to federal prison after pleading guilty to ten counts of wire fraud, theft of government funds, Federal Employees’ Compensation Act fraud, and social security fraud. Agcaoili, 57, was sentenced […]