50 U.S. Code § 2131 - Cost-of-living adjustment of annuities
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(a) In general
Each annuity payable from the fund shall be adjusted as follows:
(1) Each cost-of-living annuity increase under this section shall be identical to the corresponding percentage increase under section 8340 (b) of title 5.
(2) A cost-of-living increase made under paragraph (1) shall become effective under this section on the effective date of each such increase under section 8340 (b) of title 5. Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, each such increase shall be applied to each annuity payable from the fund which has a commencing date not later than the effective date of the increase.
Eligibility for an annuity increase under this section shall be governed by the commencing date of each annuity payable from the fund as of the effective date of an increase, except as follows:
(1) The first cost-of-living increase (if any) made under subsection (a) of this section to an annuity which is payable from the fund to a participant who retires, to the surviving spouse, former spouse, or previous spouse of a participant who dies in service, or to the surviving spouse, former spouse, previous spouse, or insurable interest designee of a deceased annuitant whose annuity has not been increased under this subsection or subsection (a) of this section, shall be equal to the product (adjusted to the nearest 1/10 of one percent) of—
(A) 1/12 of the applicable percent change computed under subsection (a) of this section, multiplied by
(B) the number of months (not to exceed 12 months, counting any portion of a month as a month)—
(2) Effective from its commencing date, an annuity payable from the fund to an annuitant’s survivor (other than a child entitled to an annuity under section 2031 (d) of this title) shall be increased by the total percentage increase the annuitant was receiving under this section at death.
(3) For purposes of computing the annuity of a child under section 2031 (d) of this title that commences after October 31, 1969, the dollar amounts specified in section 2031 (d)(3) of this title shall each be increased by the total percentage increases allowed and in force under this section on or after such day and, in the case of a deceased annuitant, the percentages specified in that section shall be increased by the total percent allowed and in force to the annuitant under this section on or after such day.
An annuity increase provided by this section may not be computed on any additional annuity purchased at retirement by voluntary contributions.
(d) Rounding to next lower dollar
The monthly annuity installment, after adjustment under this section, shall be rounded to the next lowest dollar, except that such installment shall, after adjustment, reflect an increase of at least $1.
(e) Limitation on maximum amount of annuity
(1) In general
An annuity shall not be increased by reason of an adjustment under this section to an amount which exceeds the greater of—
(A) the maximum pay payable for GS–15 30 days before the effective date of the adjustment under this section; or
(B) the final pay (or average pay, if higher) of the participant with respect to whom the annuity is paid, increased by the overall annual average percentage adjustments (compounded) in the rates of pay of the General Schedule under subchapter I of chapter 53 of title 5 during the period—
(i) beginning on the date on which the annuity commenced (or, in the case of a survivor of the retired participant, the date on which the participant’s annuity commenced), and
Source(Pub. L. 88–643, title II, § 291, as added Pub. L. 102–496, title VIII, § 802,Oct. 24, 1992, 106 Stat. 3240; amended Pub. L. 103–178, title II, § 202(a)(14),Dec. 3, 1993, 107 Stat. 2027.)
References in Text
GS–15, referred to in subsec. (e)(1)(A), probably means GS–15 of the General Schedule which is set out under section 5332 of Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
A prior section 291 ofPub. L. 88–643, title II, Oct. 13, 1964, 78 Stat. 1054; Pub. L. 90–539, Sept. 30, 1968, 82 Stat. 902; Pub. L. 91–185, § 5,Dec. 30, 1969, 83 Stat. 849; Pub. L. 93–210, § 1(a),Dec. 28, 1973, 87 Stat. 908; Pub. L. 94–361, title VIII, § 801(b),July 14, 1976, 90 Stat. 929; Ex. Ord. No. 12326, § 4, Sept. 30, 1981, 46 F.R. 48889; Ex. Ord. No. 12443, §§ 6, 14, Sept. 27, 1983, 48 F.R. 44752, 44754; Pub. L. 99–335, title V, § 501(3),June 6, 1986, 100 Stat. 622, related to cost-of-living adjustment of annuities and was set out as a note under section 403 of this title prior to the general amendment of Pub. L. 88–643by section 802 ofPub. L. 102–496.
1993—Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 103–178struck out “or section 2052 (c) of this title” after “section 2031 (d) of this title”.
Effective Date of 1993 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 103–178effective Feb. 1, 1993, see section 202(b) ofPub. L. 103–178, set out as a note under section 2001 of this title.
Delay in Cost-of-Living Adjustments During Fiscal Years 1994, 1995, and 1996
Any cost-of-living increase scheduled to take effect during fiscal year 1994, 1995, or 1996 under this section delayed until first day of third calendar month after date such increase would otherwise take effect, see section 11001 ofPub. L. 103–66, set out as a note under section 8340 of Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.