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Frequently Asked Questions Benefits for LGBT Federal Employees and Annuitants

What notification was made to federal retirees to notify them of newly available spousal annuity options for married same-sex couples? Are they or have they been offered recalculation and counseling?

OPM issued Federal Register notices on August 2, 2013, and September 25, 2014, providing retirees, annuitants, and surviving spouses information regarding their rights and obligations associated with survivor annuity benefits for same-sex spouses.  See 78 Fed. Reg. 47018 and 79 Fed. Reg. 57589. Additionally, in December 2013 and December 2014, OPM sent annuitants their annual “Notice of Annuity Adjustments,” and included information in these notices about making survivor annuity elections for same-sex spouses.

Retirees who marry after retirement should contact OPM within two years of the marriage to make a survivor annuity election for their newly acquired spouse.

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