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Akaka to hold briefings on federal worker pay

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka will be holding 15 information briefings from December 1 to December 8 to explain changes in the way federal workers in Hawaii will be paid. The change is due to the transition to replace non-foreign COLA (cost of living allowance) with locality pay for federal workers in Hawaii.

About 50,000 federal employees in Hawaii, Alaska and U.S. territories currently receive a cost of living allowance (COLA) which is not taxed but also is not figured into retirement calculations. This results in retirees in these locations receiving less retirement pay than counterparts who were employed on the mainland.

Locality pay is taxed and is figured into retirement calculations.

The new law will phase in locality pay over three years; COLA will phase out more slowly to offset the taxes imposed on locality pay.  These provisions are designed to protect take-home pay during the transition, which begins in January.

More information about the transition for Hawaii federal workers is available on Senator Akaka's website: akaka.senate.gov


MEETING SCHEDULE:

Date Time Location Audience
Tuesday, Dec. 1  10:00am-11:30am  Kaneohe Marine Corps BaseBase Chapel DoD w/ CAC& Base Sticker 
   1:00pm-3:00pm  East-West Center1777 East-West Road Honolulu (Parking $5)MAP CLICK HERE  Open to public 
Wednesday, Dec. 2  9:00am-10:30am Schofield Barracks Sgt. Smith Theater DoD w/ CAC& Base Sticker
  12:00pm-1:30pm Fort ShafterRichardson Theater (carpool encouraged)MAP CLICK HERE DoD w/ CAC& Base Sticker
   2:30pm-4:00pm  Honolulu International Airport  Airport employees(e.g., FAA, TSA, CBP) 
   5:00pm-6:30pm  Ward CenterKakaako Room1240 Ala Moana Blvd.Free parking, mall level  Open to public 
Thursday, Dec. 3  8:30am-10:00am  Prince Kuhio Federal BuildingRoom 5-200 (Cafeteria)State Parking on Halekawila Street or Street Parking  I.D. required,open to public 
   11:30am-1:00pm  Fort ShafterRichardson Theater (carpool encouraged)MAP CLICK HERE  DoD w/ CAC& Base Sticker 
   2:30pm-4:00pm  Hickam Air Force BaseMemorial Theater, Kuntz Avenue (carpool encouraged)MAP CLICK HERE  DoD w/ CAC& Base Sticker 
Friday, Dec. 4   8:30am-11:00:am  Pearl HarborDefense Information Systems AgencyFord Island Building 77, 477 Essex Street  DoD w/ CAC& Base Sticker 
   12:00pm-1:30pm  Pearl HarborSharkey Theater, Building 628 (carpool encouraged)  DoD w/ CAC& Base Sticker 
   2:00pm-3:30pm  Pearl HarborSharkey Theater, Building 628 (carpool encouraged)  DoD w/ CAC& Base Sticker 
Monday, Dec. 7  8:30am-10:00am  MauiMaui Arts and Cultural Center  Open to public 
   2:00pm-3:30pm  Big IslandUniversity of Hawaii at Hilo (room information TBA)  Open to public 
Tuesday, Dec. 8   9:00am-10:30am  Big IslandPohakuloa Training Area  All federal employees
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