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2013 COLA Watch – March Report (Updated Monthly)

Sorry for the absence. I have been ill. We are now almost half way through fiscal year 2012. Whether or not there is a COLA for January 2013 will depend on where the CPI-W is from July through September 2012. … Continue reading

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2013 COLA Watch – December Report (Updated Monthly)

Fiscal Year 2013 continues.We now have three month’s worth of CPI-W data, but what it means at this point is indeterminable. Whether or not there is a COLA for January 2013 will depend on what happens with the CPI-W from … Continue reading

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2013 COLA Watch – November 2011 Report (Updated Monthly)

We are now in a new fiscal year. Whether or not there is a COLA for January 2013 will depend on what happens this fiscal year, specifically in July through September, 2012 The baseline level (my term for it,) which … Continue reading

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A “Do Nothing” Plan To Reduce The Deficit For A “Do-Nothing” Congress

Up until now, I have had nothing to say about the so-called deficit reduction “Super Committee.” They have been wasting the nation’s time and money in a deadlock which everyone knew would be the case and which has persisted since … Continue reading

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SSA 2013 Cola Watch – October Report (Updated Monthly)

We have now started a new fiscal year. Whether or not there is a COLA for January 2013 will depend on what happens this fiscal year, specifically in July through September. The baseline level (my term for it,) which was … Continue reading

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SSI Primer #1 – What Is SSI, What Are Its Basic Requirements, And What Does It Have To Do With Social Security?

What Is SSI (Supplemental Security Income?) One recurring Teabagger meme is that Social Security is entitling people and paying them benefits who never worked or contributed a cent to Social Security. Another way they say it is that Social Security … Continue reading

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2012 Federal Retiree COLA: CSRS COLA 3.6% — FERS COLA 2.6%

COLAs for both CSRS and FERS are calculated based on the same data that SSA uses to calculate their COLAs, the CPI-W figures for July, August, and September of each year. Like SSA, neither CSRS nor FERS has had a … Continue reading

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