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Frequently Asked Questions Benefits for LGBT Federal Employees and Annuitants

Do my girlfriend and I have to be legally married in order for me to list her and our son as beneficiaries on my life insurance policies and on my Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) plan?

OPM does not administer TSP benefits. The experts at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board provided this answer:

“No. A participant can designate any individual, an organization, a trust, or a will as a beneficiary.”

OPM does administer the Federal Employee Life Insurance (FEGLI) program. You can name anyone you want as a beneficiary of your FEGLI life insurance coverage.

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