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You should carefully read the information that is part of your retirement
application, and complete and submit the forms. You do not need to submit a
separate letter of resignation. A completed and signed retirement application
is equivalent to a letter of resignation.
If you are eligible for a retirement benefit, you should not resign,
intending to submit a retirement application later. This is because if you die
after separating but before filing the application no life insurance, no
survivor benefit, and no survivor health insurance coverage would be available
to your survivor(s). You should, however, complete all the other required "exit
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You may receive a CSRS survivor annuity and social security payments. You may receive a FERS survivor annuity and social security payments. However, if you are the survivor of a FERS retiree, you cannot receive the FERS survivor supplement if you are eligible for social security mother, father or disability benefits based on the deceased annuitant’s account. Please contact the local office of the Social Security Administration for information about social security benefits.
If you receive social security benefits based on your own employment, there may be a reduction in the social security benefit you receive based on your deceased spouse's service. Contact the Social Security Administration for more information about the Government Pension Offset at http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10007.html.
See the information below about benefits which may be payable to the surviving spouse of a deceased annuitant who was covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) Offset program. Under these circumstances, a survivor may be eligible for both a CSRS annuity and social security benefits.
Complete information pertaining to military service can be found in the CSRS/FERS handbook at www.opm.gov/retire/pubs/handbook/C022.pdf. If you are a current employee, contact your personnel office for information.
When you get within one year of retirement
eligibility, you should:
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You can also call our toll-free number 1 (888) 767-6738 , for these and many of your voluntary withholdings. When using our self-service systems, you need your claim number, Personal Identification Number (PIN), and social security number. If you do not have a PIN, call us.
If you do not have a touchtone telephone, you can speak to a Customer Service Specialist.
Generally, in the middle of month, we authorize payments that are due for the first business day of the following month. Therefore, if you want your change to be reflected in your next payment, you should submit your request as early in the month as possible. See our payment schedule for the last date you can change your next monthly payment.
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