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As a Federal annuitant receiving monthly benefits you can browse the listings below to see how to manage your monthly annuity benefits online.
The Online Services section lists the websites that OPM provides for annuitants to manage their monthly annuity benefits.
The Report a Missing Payment or Death sections provides online access to submit information on missing payments and the ability to report the death of anyone receiving a regular monthly payment from OPM.
Voluntary Annuity Allotments are withholdings that can be withheld from your monthly annuity benefit. Federal and State Tax and Financial Allotments are examples of Voluntary Annuity Allotments. The election to make an allotment or withholding change can be made online with Services Online.
Other Information of Interest section lists information about cost of living increases, information on life changing events after retirement, and important dates for annual mailings and the last day to make changes to your monthly annuity.
In most cases, as soon as we get all your retirement records, we provide "interim" payments. These payments represent a portion of your final benefit and are usually made on the first business day of each month. We try to provide you with income until we finish processing your application. View the annuity payment schedule.
We only withhold Federal income tax. You may find that the Federal income taxes withheld from your first interim payment will be higher than the Federal tax withholdings from your subsequent interim payments and regular annuity. We will make any necessary tax withholding adjustment when we finish processing your application. Your health and life insurance coverage will continue while you are receiving interim pay. We will begin withholding health and life insurance premiums retroactive to the commencing date of your annuity, when we finish processing your application.
We will send you a personalized booklet titled "Your Federal Retirement Benefits". It details, among other things, how much your monthly payment will be. It also confirms such things as health and life insurance coverage, and provides information you will need to prepare your tax returns.
Under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), you will be given the opportunity to pay for temporary service prior to January 1, 1989. Under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), if you had service on/after October 1, 1982, for which no contributions were made, we will give you the opportunity to pay the contributions, and will tell you what difference it makes to your monthly benefit. If you had unpaid service prior to October 1, 1982, we do not notify you before we finish processing your application because it generally is not to your advantage to make the payment.
After you retire, you will still have the opportunity to change your enrollment from one plan to another during an annual open season. You cannot change to another plan simply because you retired.
Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program qualifies as minimum essential coverage (MEC) and meets the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For more information, please visit the website.
If you are a Federal annuitant enrolled in the FEHB Program and if you decide to cancel your FEHB enrollment, you should be aware of the consequences of canceling your FEHB enrollment including the following but not limited to:
You can cancel or decrease your coverage at any time. You cannot increase your coverage. Once you cancel your life insurance coverage it can NEVER be reinstated.
We will prorate the first cost-of-living increase based on how long you were retired before it is given. At that time, we will send you a notice explaining the increase. Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) cost-of-living increases are not provided until age 62, except for disability and survivor benefits.
Use Services Online to sign up for direct deposit, or to change the account or bank where your payment is sent. You will need your claim number and password to use the self-service website. You will be asked whether your account is a savings or checking account and to provide your account number and the routing number for your financial institution (found next to your account number on the bottom of your check). You should contact your financial institution for assistance in getting the routing number if you are not sure. When you make a change, we will mail you confirmation of the change. You can also call or write us to sign up for direct deposit or change your account or bank. If you write, your letter should include your claim number. You can also use this form to sign up for direct deposit. Or, you can submit a Standard Form 1199A, "Direct Deposit Sign Up Form," which is available at your bank.
When you change the account you use for direct deposit, keep the old account open until a payment is posted to the new account. This will prevent having the payment returned if there is a problem with the new account.
We keep a separate mailing address to periodically send you information about your retirement, health and life insurance benefits. You can see the current record of your mailing address on Services Online. Please notify us if this address changes.
(If you do not receive your payments through direct deposit, we ordinarily use the same address for mailings and payments.)
The U.S. Department of Treasury has made changes affecting payment of federal benefits. These changes will soon require anyone who receives a federal benefit to change to Direct Deposit or a Direct Express debit card. If you don't sign up with us now, you'll be informed by the U.S. Department of Treasury about the phase out of paper checks and their replacement with the Direct Express debit card.
Currently, more than 95% of Federal retirees and survivors receive their payments by Direct Deposit. Direct Deposit is safe, reliable, and convenient. You have no worries that your paper check could be delayed in the mail, lost, or stolen. Payment is always made the first business day of the month.
Currently we can make payment by Direct Deposit into your account in a bank, credit union, savings bank, or thrift institution. Many financial institutions offer basic, low-cost accounts, as well as full-service accounts. To help you sign up for Direct Deposit, we are providing many options:
If you do not receive your payment on the first business day of the month, please call your financial institution first for information. You can report a lost or missing payment online. You may also call us during regular business hours or write to:
U.S. Office of Personnel ManagementAttention: Check LossPost Office Box 7815Washington, D.C. 20044-7815.
If you write to us, please sign your letter.
Tell us which check is missing. We will also need to know:
When we receive your report, we will notify the U.S. Department of Treasury about your missing or lost payment. If the payment has not been negotiated, they will issue you replacement payment. If the payment has been negotiated, they will send you instructions on how to file a claim for a duplicate payment.
You can start, change, or stop an allotment to participating organizations. Participating organizations include:
If the organization for which you wish to make an allotment is not listed above, you should contact them and ask them to provide us with the banking information needed to forward payments. The organization can contact us by email at email@example.com.
Use Services Online or call our toll-free number to make one-time or recurring membership payments to organizations.
Checking and savings allotments are voluntary deductions for allotments sent by direct deposit to a checking or savings account in your name. You may have up to two allotments. The accounts must be maintained at a domestic financial institution. This does not include charities, garnishments, court orders, union or other organizational dues. You must maintain at least $100 net annuity payment. The allotment must be for a minimum of $50.
Use Services Online to start, change, or stop an allotment or call our toll-free number to establish a checking or savings allotment.
The Office of Personnel Management no longer withholds for the purchase of paper savings bonds. Individuals may continue to purchase, manage, and redeem electronic EE or I Bonds safely through a personal TreasuryDirect account.
Like most providers of financial products and services, the U.S. Treasury is working hard to modernize its programs and make them more attractive to the growing number of individuals who prefer electronic investments they can manage themselves online, with 24-hour access.
We strongly support the U.S. Savings Bonds Program. You can use this program to finance children's education, supplement your future retirement income, or save for any other purpose- all backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. As with the previous paper saving bond program, TreasuryDirect provides you with a convenient way to save.
Through an annuity deduction, just like one you would use to contribute to a bank or credit union account, you can transfer funds to your TreasuryDirect account and purchase savings bonds.
We encourage you to visit www.treasurydirect.gov for more information and a guided tour of site.
Retired Federal employees and entitled surviving family members of deceased Federal employees and retirees will receive a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) effective December 1, 2013, which will be first reflected in their benefit payable January 2, 2014.
Under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Organization Retirement and Disability System (ORDS), the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) will be 1.5 percent for those who have received benefits for at least one year. The 1.5 percent increase was determined by computing the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for urban wage earners and clerical workers from the third quarter average of 2012 to the third quarter average of 2013, as provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and FERS Special, the COLA will be 1.5 percent for those who have received benefits for at least one year. This amount was derived from the same CPI comparison as CSRS.
Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and FERS Special Cost-of-Living Adjustments are not provided until age 62, except for disability, survivor benefits, and other special provision retirements. FERS disability retirees get the adjustment, except when they are receiving a disability annuity based on 60 percent of their high-3 average salary. Also, under FERS, if you have a CSRS component, the component is subject to the CSRS COLA calculation. FERS survivors receive the FERS increase on their entire annuity, even where component service is involved.
To get the full COLA, a retiree or survivor annuity must have begun no later than December 31, 2012. If not, the increase is prorated under both plans. Prorated accounts receive one-twelfth of the increase for each month they received benefits. For example, if the benefit commenced November 30, 2013, the prorated COLA would be one-twelfth of the full COLA.
Under both plans, benefits are paid on the first business day of the month after the month in which they accrue. Benefits which accrue in December 2013 are payable on January 2, 2014.
Note: A benefit will not be increased if it would cause the annuitant to receive payments in excess of any cap amount specified by law.
The tables below show the actual prorated percentages that apply, under both plans, according to the month in which the annuity began.
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