The Washington Post is reporting that Donald Trump’s proposed budget, due to be unveiled on Tuesday, would cut federal workers’ retirement benefits.
The Post story by Joe Davidson, lists the following changes to federal retirement benefits:
- Increase Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) contributions from workers by 1 percentage point each year until they equal the government’s contribution. This would take five to six years and would result in increased out-of-pocket payments of about 6 percent over that period. Out-of-pocket payments by federal law enforcement officers would increase by the same amount, but would not equal the greater contributions from law enforcement agencies.
- Base future retirement benefits on the average of the high five years of salary instead of the current high three
- Eliminate cost of living adjustments (COLA) for current and future FERS employees
- Cut the COLA for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) employees by 0.5 percent from what the formula would allow
- Eliminate supplement payments for FERS employees who retire beginning in 2018. The supplement approximates the value of Social Security benefits for those who retire before age 62.
While postal workers pay and benefits are governed by collective bargaining agreements, they are covered by the same retitrement programs, with the same benefits, as other federal employees.