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Important Notice

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will now be able to extend certain benefits to Federal employees and annuitants who have legally married a spouse of the same sex, regardless of the employee’s or annuitant’s state of residency. OPM is currently in the process of updating and revising the website to reflect this change, and will be updating this information as soon as possible. Please check back in the coming weeks for updates.

Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) Handbook for Personnel and Payroll Offices

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has Governmentwide responsibility and oversight for the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and related Federal benefits administration functions. These pages contain the CSRS and FERS Handbook for Personnel and Payroll Offices used to advise Federal agencies about various aspects of benefits administration.

This is the April 1998 version of this handbook, which was made available for downloading from this site on May 15, 1998.

Administrative Chapters

Coverage Chapters

Service Credit Chapter

Contributions Chapters

Retirement Eligibility Chapters

Computation of Benefits Chapters

Disability Benefits Chapters

Death Benefits Chapters

Record Keeping Chapters

Miscellaneous

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