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2022 COLA Notices for DC Public School Teachers, Police Officers and Firefighters Are Available

Thursday, March 3, 2022

On March 1, 2022, the DC Department of Human Resources (DCHR) announced the 2022 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirees and survivors receiving annuities under the District of Columbia Police Officers and Firefighters’ Retirement Plan (Police and Firefighters’ Plan) and the District of Columbia Teachers’ Retirement Plan (Teachers’ Plan).

In accordance with changes in the Consumer Price Index applicable to the Plans during calendar year 2021, Teachers’ Plan annuitants who were hired before November 1, 1996 will receive a COLA of 7.8%. Those hired on or after November 1, 1996, are subject to a cap of 3.0%.  Police and Firefighters’ Plan annuitants who were hired after February 15, 1980 and before November 10, 1996 will receive a COLA of 7.0%. Those hired on or after November 10, 1996 (Tier 3) are subject to a cap of 3.0%.  

As provided in the applicable statutes, the effective date of these increases is March 1, 2022, and they are payable to eligible annuitants beginning April 1, 2022.

Members who retired after March 1, 2021, and before March 1, 2022, are entitled to a prorated COLA equal to 1/12th of the above applicable increase for each month or partial month (for a maximum of 12 months) for which their annuity was effective. For more detailed information about the COLAs related to each Plan, you may download and open the PDF attached below.