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  • Chained CPI
    LS
    Isn't the proposal on chained CPI to apply it to other Federal benefits also such as Social Security, Veterans Benefits, and Worker's Compensation?
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  • Defintely
    ben
    ... Social Security, some Veteran's Benefits such as disability and DIC, unsure about Workmen's Comp., but suspect so as well.
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  • CSRS vFERS
    Moderate
    I do not know which CSRS employees would prefer the FERS system, but I, as aq CSRS employee who had the option to go into FERS, am NOT one of them. I know of no CSRS employee who wanted that change.
    worker
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  • bigger hit to CSRS retirees than to FERS retirees
    pensioner
    Mr. Causey has it exactly backwards. Both CSRS retirees and FERS retirees will lose $$$ if the switch is made to an "unchained" CPI, but the former will lose more than the latter, not the other way around as he has asserted. That follows from the simple fact that CSRS retirees with their ~2% per year annuity stream get more of their retirement income from their former employer the federal government than do FERS retirees with their ~1 or ~1.1% per year pension payments plus Social Security ones, that is from the combination of 2 of the 3 legs of their retirement "stool." The rest of what FERS people get in retirement, the third leg of that 3-legged stool, comes from their TSP accounts to which their employer contributed as much as 5% of their salaries each year in a match of what they put away in their TSPs. (Whatever CSRS retirees may have in their TSP accounts is the result of their own contributions and accrued earnings over time. Unlike FERS employees, CSRS ones got no generous matches by their employer and will have as much in their TSP accounts in the end if their investment returns are the same as FERS colleagues.) TSP balances and distributions will be unaffected by any changes to the CPI calculation for the simple reason that they are not subject to CPI adjustments, they are the defined contribution component, not another defined benefit component. With a smaller portion of their retirement benefits subject to CPI adjustments, they have less to lose if those adjustments become less generous, no matter that in times of high inflation the CPI adjustments FERS retirees get is less generous to start with than the ones CSRS retirees get.
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