Quick Information about the WEP and GPO
Current retirees affected now:
Current employees who will be affected by the offsets when they retire (as of 2018):
Retirees can be affected by both penalties.
- 3% of all Social Security beneficiaries are affected
- 1,948,427 retirees affected now
- Among them 56% are men
- The WEP causes a larger reduction for low-income recipients
- Penalty is decreased for people with “(Substantial) SS Covered Earnings”. 2021 Substantial Earnings is $26,550.
- 1% of all Social Security beneficiaries are affected,
- 716,662 retirees were affected (2019).
- 83% are Women
- 71% of those affected lose ALL their Social Security benefits
- 53% have their spousal benefits affected
- 47% have their Widow’s or Widower’s benefits affected
- The GPO causes a higher percentage cut for lower-income retirees
State Resolution Texts that you can use
Links to Other Information Centers
Frequently Asked Questions
Read answers to the frequently asked GPO and WEP questions.
This strong 2017 statement from the National Committee for Preservation of Social Security and Medicare shows why these offsets should be repealed.
The required SSA form to warn employees about the GPO/WEP
This is the form that public employers who do not participate in the FICA (Social Security) tax system have been required to have new employees sign since January 1, 2005.