What are the Governemnt Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision?
The Social Security Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) are two provisions of federal law that reduce a personís Social Security benefits if he or she is also receiving a public pension.
The Government Pension Offset (GPO) reduces an individualís Social Security survivor benefits (available to a person whose deceased spouse had earned Social Security benefits) by an amount equal to two-thirds of his/her public pension.
The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) changes the formula used to figure benefit amounts Ė reducing an individualís own Social Security benefits (earned while working in a job covered by Social Security).
If you have earned significant social security benefits from a career outside of education, please take the time to educate yourself on these items that will impact your retirement. Contact your federal legislators to tell them how these items will affect your future.