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)?
Same-sex domestic partners are ineligible for a spousal survivor annuity
benefit. However, employees
may elect at retirement an insurable interest annuity for anyone, including
domestic partners or partners to a civil union, as long as they can show they
are in good health and the people designated for this benefit can show that they
have an insurable interest in the continued life of the employee. The Office of Personnel Management will
presume a same-sex domestic partner has an insurable interest in the continued
life of an employee.