WEP & GPO cut or eliminate the earned benefits of more than 2.5 Million Retirees!

These unfair, outdated provisions of the Social Security code must be repealed.

Co-sponsors for our bills:

H.R. 82 (Graves/Spanberger)

S.597 (Brown/Collins)

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If you earn even part of a public pension from a government job that doesn’t pay into Social Security (FICA), you can lose part or all of your earned Social Security retirement benefits.

Retirees in every state are affected by these penalties!

Those who paid in but are living in another country get hit, also.

These penalties are WRONG!

Government Pension Offset (GPO)

If you are married to someone who is earning Social Security, you will probably lose all Social Security spousal or survivor retirement benefits due to you from taxes paid by your spouse during the marriage.

Windfall Elimination Program (WEP)

An amount up to half the value of your pension can be cut from the Social Security you have earned in other work in which you paid the required FICA taxes.

The Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision are penalties that negatively affect retirees who receive pensions from government agencies that do not participate in the Social Security system.

Many of these retirees have earned Social Security retirement benefits from other work during their lifetimes or for being an eligible spouse. The GPO and WEP cut or totally eliminate their earned Social Security retirement benefits.

Public employees affected by GPO & WEP:

  • Teachers in 15 states—AK, CA, CO, CT, GA, IL, KY, LA, MA, ME, MO, NV, OH, RI, TX.
  • State, County, City and special district employees in 26 states.
  • Federal employees who are on the CSRS retirement system in every state.
  • Foreign pension earners who also qualify for Social Security.

The National WEP/GPO Repeal Task Force

On May 18th, 2022, Task Force members from across the U.S. met in Washington, D.C. for a Lobby Day and Rally.  They visited Congressional offices, and, at the Rally, several members shared their WEP-GPO stories along with encouraging remarks from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Representatives Seth Moulton, (MA), John Larson, (CT) and David Cicilline (RI).

Since the Task Force inception 24 months ago, the Task Force has grown beyond the original Alliance for Retired Americans leaders.  Our rally included members of AFT, AFSCME, NEA-Ret, Social Security Fairness, the Polish American Strategic Initiative, the Polish American Congress, and the California Retired Teachers Association. Police and Firefighter associations were also represented.

A number of members of the two large Facebook groups, “Repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision – WEP & GPO” and “Social Security Fairness – Repeal GPO/WEP”  were present and have joined forces to raise awareness of these poorly-written pieces of legislation and to support Federal legislation to Repeal WEP and GPO!

Action Alerts from our WEP/GPO Repeal Campaign

We Have 226 Cosponsors in the House!

Two hundred and twenty-six Members of Congress (House members) have already co-signed this year’s H.R. 82 bill for full repeal of the WEP and GPO! We are working…

Get More Co-sponsors!

H.R. 82 Has Gotten 128 Co-signers for Repeal in One Month! The Social Security Fairness Act to repeal WEP and GPO, H.R. 82 (same number as last year)…