May I designate my same-sex domestic partner for a survivor benefit under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS)?
Yes. A Federal employee or annuitant may designate any individual, including a same-sex domestic partner, to receive lump-sum amounts payable on his or her death. Employees or annuitants who wish to designate their same-sex domestic partner to receive a lump sum benefit may designate the domestic partner as beneficiary on SF 2808 (for CSRS) or SF 3102 (for FERS).
Lump-sum benefits are paid in accordance with the statutory order of precedence under 5 U.S.C. § 8342(c)
(CSRS) or 5 U.S.C. § 8424(d)
(FERS). Same-sex domestic partners are not among those listed in the statutory order of preference. Therefore, in order for same-sex domestic partners to receive lump-sum benefits, employees or annuitants must designate their same-sex domestic partners under the first order of precedence (through a designated beneficiary) using SF 2808, Designation of Beneficiary, Civil Service Retirement System
and SF 3102, Designation of Beneficiary, Federal Employees Retirement System