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Letter: Government should drop unfair pension penalty


I am a federal annuitant and member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. I started my federal career with the FBI in 1973. My federal pension was reduced for time worked at the FBI from April 1973 to January 1975. Retirement funds were paid into Social Security and not the Civil Service Retirement System, and my pension was reduced indefinitely in the amount of $240 per year.

In 1975 I started working for the U S Postal Inspection Service. Due to a reduction in force, in 2006 I was forced to retire with an early retirement penalty.

I worked in private industry. In 2016 I fractured my hip, femur and wrist, which resulted in the loss of my job. I received a reduced amount of Social Security disability, about $600 less. When I turned 66, I was considered officially retired and received the same reduced amount.

The pension retirement penalty coupled with the Windfall Elimination Provision penalty to Social Security has created an unfair disadvantage. I respectfully ask for the repeal of the WEP to eliminate this unfair calculation, which has had such a negative impact on so many people’s lives. It is just not right.

Linda Montgomery

Source: Berkshire mont

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