The 2019 FERS COLA adjustment will be 2.0% effective with January 2019 annuity payments.

How the COLA is Calculated

The 2019 FERS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2018 over the 2017 third quarter average.

However, if the CPI-W quarterly average increases 3% or more, they subtract 1%. For example, a 5% increase in the quarterly CPI-W average results in a 4% adjustment.

If the quarterly average increases from 2% to 3%, benefits increase by 2%.

A CPI-W quarterly average increase of 2% or less will increase benefits by the change in the CPI-W quarterly average.

Past FERS COLA Adjustments

Year FERS COLA
2019 2%
2018 2%
2017 0.30%
2016 0%
2015 1.70%
2014 1.50%
2013 1.70%
2012 2.60%
2011 0.00%
2010 0.00%
2009 4.80%
2008 2.00%
2007 2.30%
2006 3.10%
2005 2.00%
2004 2.00%
2003 1.40%
2002 2.00%
2001 2.50%
2000 2.00%
1999 1.30%
1998 2.00%
1997 2.00%
1996 2.00%
1995 2.00%