AFSA Governing Board (2013-2015)

Retiree Vice President

Retiree Representatives

Contact Information

Todd Thurwachter
Retiree Counselor
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(202) 338-4045, ext. 509,

Matthew Sumrak
Retiree Counselor and Legislative Assistant
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(202) 338-4045, ext. 718,

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2014 COLA

The 2014 cost-of-living adjustment for federal annuitants and Social Security beneficiaries is 1.5 percent.

The COLA reflects the percentage increase in the average Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for the third quarter of the current year over the average for the third quarter of the last year in which a COLA became effective.

Since the COLA is less than 2 percent, retirees in both the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability System and the Foreign Service Pension System have received a 1.5 percent increase. (If the increase were more than 3 percent, the computation for the two systems would be different.)

The 2014 increase took effect on Dec. 1 and was reflected in the first annuity payment in January 2014.

The COLA does not affect the salaries of federal employees.

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Retiree Activities and Public Outreach

How to Join

If you recently retired and did not fill out a form to change from active-duty to retiree membership, you can download the necessary forms by clicking here. If you choose not to apply online, please mail the completed membership and automatic annuity deduction forms to AFSA at 2101 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, or fax them to (202) 338-6820.