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Welcome to the Retirement Info Center. We want to share information about retirement benefits for new, prospective, and current Federal employees, as well as Federal retirees and their survivors and benefits officers. Here you will find the most up-to-date information on changes, events, and other issues that may affect your Federal retirement benefits.

Often, we will link to other pages on the official Website so that you can easily find updated information.

Tax season is almost over- April 15th is quickly approaching.

  • If you cannot file timely, file an extension for free online by April 15th. An extension does not extend the time you have to pay any tax due. You will owe interest on any amount not paid by the deadline, plus you may owe penalties.

  • Don’t wait to file your tax return just because you owe money. Avoid additional penalties and interest by filing your tax return now and choosing from the available payment options at: Payments. You can pay your balance online using IRS Direct Pay or apply for an online payment agreement.

  • Bring taxes you have withheld closer to what you owe to avoid owing tax next year. Use the IRS withholding calculator and update your withholding through OPM at

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As a friendly reminder, tax season is in full-swing. The IRS has many useful resources available online. Visit the IRS filing page for valuable information about free filing and resources for tax preparation help. Also be sure to visit the IRS tax center for retirees. The deadline to file the 2018 income tax return and pay any tax due is April 15th.

As Federal annuitants, many of you are familiar with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a way to support your favorite charities locally, nationally and internationally. However, when you left active government service, it may have been more difficult for you to contribute as easily.

Last year, we introduced substantial changes to modernize the CFC program. One of those changes gave retirees and survivors the opportunity once again to have convenient options of contributing directly through the CFC, including through monthly annuities! Whether your pension comes through OPM Retirement Services or the Defense Finance and Accounting Services retiree pay, you can once again elect to make a recurring pledge to your favorite charities. If you are in the middle of transitioning from active to retiree status, you can also choose to keep your commitment and move them to another funding source.

This year's campaign theme, Show Some Love, highlights ways Federal retirees like you give to the causes that ignite your passions. A survey conducted by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association showed that by giving retirees and survivors the option to donate through their annuities, charities could receive millions in additional support through the CFC. Last year Federal employees and retirees pledged more than $100 million in monetary pledges.

As Federal employees and retirees, your dedication to making a difference in your communities, your country, and your world demonstrates a high degree of selflessness. If you choose to continue to participate in CFC, please take a moment to tell your CFC story to inspire others to engage as well. Your example throughout your career and into the retirement phase of your life is how you can continue to "build a more perfect union" one person at a time.

To help those in need by making a pledge, please visit the CFC's Online Donor Pledging System.

How You Can Contribute!

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the Federal Government’s charitable giving program for employees, is seeing a lot of changes this year. Among these changes, retirees and survivors will now be able to contribute through their monthly annuities! 

Since 1961, the CFC has raised more than $8.2 billion to help out those in need. The importance of the CFC can be seen most recently in the areas devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. To assist with these hurricane victims and many more causes, more than 8,000 CFC-approved charities are there to help.    

This year’s campaign theme, Show Some Love, will now allow Federal retirees and survivors like you to give to causes that you are passionate about. And research shows that retirees and survivors are eager and ready to give. A 2013 survey conducted by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association estimates that by allowing retirees and survivors to donate through their annuities, charities will receive approximately 600,000 additional CFC donors, with more than $130 million dollars in additional pledges, over the course of a year. 

As a retiree or survivor, participating in the CFC has never been easier. If you want to give electronically, please visit the CFC’s new Online Donor Pledging System to sign up for an account. There, you can also search through CFC’s database of approved charities. For those wishing to submit a paper form instead, please visit the website for the zone that covers your regional campaign to download a copy of the form needed. For example, if you are in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, the link is: To find your zone based upon your zip code, visit  

You can send your completed pledge form, along with your check (if appropriate) to:   

CFC Processing Center
P.O. Box 7820
Madison, WI 53707-7820

Do not send cash or gift cards to the CFC. 

For more information on the CFC and the upcoming changes this year, please check out Acting OPM Director Kathy McGettigan’s blog,

Investment scam artists are targeting Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) participants, warns the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last month, four former Atlanta-area brokers were charged with fraudulently persuading Federal employees to roll over holdings from their TSP retirement accounts into higher-fee, variable annuity products. The brokers were accused of specifically targeting Federal employees nearing retirement with sizable funds invested in the TSP.

Federal government agencies, including the SEC, do not endorse or sponsor any particular securities, issuers, products, services, professional credentials, firms, or individuals. To protect yourself against those claiming an affiliation with the Federal government, follow these tips:

  • Do not trust any contact information or a website provided by someone contacting you with an investment idea when that person claims to be affiliated with the government, the TSP, or government retirement plans.

  • Confirm that a seller is not affiliated with a government agency by contacting the agency directly or calling the SEC’s toll-free investor assistance line at (800) 732-0330.

  • Be cautious about providing personal information to anyone you do not personally know.

Keep in mind that the TSP will never contact you by email, telephone, or mail asking you to provide sensitive personal information such as your account number, Social Security number, password, or PIN. Also, fraudsters may try to deceive investors by using the words “federal” or “government” in the name of their company, copying or imitating government emblems or seals, creating fake correspondence that looks like it is from a government agency, or sending email messages that link to a government website. 

For more information on this fraud warning, check out the SEC’s Investor Alert and Press Release.

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