Friday, January 11, 2008

WEP/GPO hearing scheduled in Subcommittee on Social Security

The US House of Representatives will hold a public hearing on Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) on Wednesday January 16, 2008.

The WEP and GPO are provisions of federal law that reduce the Social Security benefits of recipients who also receive public pension benefits.

In announcing the hearing, Chairman McNulty stated “Hardworking public servants, widows, people with disabilities, and low-income workers and their families may face hurdles in achieving financial security in retirement, or in case of disability. Congress needs to consider the unique circumstances and vulnerabilities of these and other groups as we look to ensure that Social Security meets the needs of American families today and for generations to come.”

The Subcommittee will examine the needs and concerns of low-income workers, people with disabilities, public servants and other at-risk groups, as well as proposals to improve their economic security, and the costs of such proposals. The hearing will also consider the history and policy rationales for the GPO, the WEP, and exempting some public employees from Social Security coverage.

Anyone wishing to submit comments to the Subcommittee on Social Security regarding this topic can do so by clicking this link.

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