Fedweek

Although the White House has called again for Social Security reform to address the system’s long-term financial issues, prospects for enactment of any major change this year are considered poor. The administration’s budget is light on specifics regarding what it would like to do and Congress has shown little inclination to wade into the issue on its own. A broad reform effort would hold the best prospects of action on two other Social Security benefit reductions that are priority targets of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and many active employee organizations — the government pension offset and the windfall elimination provision. However, action still may come on such proposals even apart from a broad reform effort, since record numbers of members are signing up as sponsors of bills to ease those reductions.