The Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee is expected to reject President Reagan's proposals to raise the earliest federal retirement age from 55 to 62, increase employe pension contributions from 7 percent to 9 percent and deny federal retirees a cost-of-living adjustment next January.
Administration attempts to raise the minimum retirement age have frightened and angered federal employes, who consider the mid-career rules change a breach of contract. Under current law, civil servants may retire at age 55 after 30 years and receive pensions equal to 56 1/4 percent of the average salary over their three highest-paid years. To get the maximum benefit -- 80 percent of salary -- they must work about 42 years.
Although the average government worker retires at age 61, most employes want to keep the option of quitting earlier.
The administration originally proposed raising the retirement age to 65, the age at which people may collect full Social Security benefits. But this year the White House asked that it be made 62, the age when people can begin drawing reduced Social Security benefits.
Under the president's plan, which will probably die if the Budget Committee rejects it, employes could still retire "early," but with a penalty of 2 percent of the pension for each year they are under age 62.
The committee is still working on tax and defense items, but insiders say that most of the major civil service issues have tentatively been approved.
Committee sources believe that many of the savings that will be assigned to the civil service can be made in the new supplemental retirement system. Congress is due to establish the system in May for workers hired since 1984.
Earlier this month the House Post Office-Civil Service Committee voted overwhelmingly to reject all of the president's civil service budget requests. Meetings
Rep. Michael D. Barnes (D-Md.) will speak at the March 19 meeting of the Bowie-Crofton chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Bowie library and is open to everyone.
NARFE's Wheaton-Glenmont chapter will hear from Maryland State Del. Idamae Garrett (D-Montgomery) at its March 25th meeting. The session will be held at 7 p.m. at the Forest Glen Senior Center. People
Commerce Department's Adair Mitchell will celebrate her 50th anniversary with Uncle Sam on March 26. The wood products specialist, whose job requires her to analyze everything from toothpicks to ax handles, will retire next month.
Benjamin C. West, the very popular superintendent of the House Press Gallery, is hanging it up in April after 44 years of government service. West, who has held the top gallery job for 20 years, has guided several generations of reporters through the legislative maze.
The Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association has reelected Mike Serlin of the Treasury Department as president and John O. Rittenhouse of the Air Force as vice president.
American Postal Workers Union president Moe Biller is recuperating from minor surgery. Job Mart
The Naval Research Lab wants a Grade 12 metallurgist. Call Rebecca Parish at 767-3030.
Army has a temporary opening for a reader to the blind at the GS 2/3 level. Call 697-0461.