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If you are a Federal ANNUITANT or compensationer:
OPM's Retirement Office is the only office with access to your FEGLI life insurance records. There are three ways to access your FEGLI coverage information:
1. Log on to Retirement Services Online to view and print a Verification of Life Insurance (VOLI). Your VOLI will show which types of FEGLI coverage you have, your amount of coverage before reduction, your post-65 reductions, and your amount of coverage after reductions complete.
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that your VOLI be mailed to you. Be sure to include your retirement claim number (CSA/CSF) in your email.
3. Call 1-888-767-6738 to request that your VOLI be mailed to you. The phone lines are open Monday through Friday 7:40 am to 5:00 pm eastern time. The phone lines can get extremely busy so we recommend calling early in the morning or late in the evening when the lines are less busy. Have your retirement claim number (CSA/CSF) or social security number handy.
Your FEGLI beneficiary records are not available online. If you wish to change your FEGLI life insurance beneficiaries, complete this form and mail it to OPM's Retirement Office at the address on page 3: www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf2823.pdf
If you are a Federal EMPLOYEE:
Contact your human resources office. The office that maintains your Official Personnel Folder (OPF) or its equivalent is the only office with access to your FEGLI life insurance records. If you do not know what office that is or how to contact them, check with your supervisor.
You can also look on a copy of your most recent Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, to determine the coverage you currently have:
If you wish to change your FEGLI life insurance beneficiaries, complete this form and submit it to your human resources office: www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf2823.pdf
A FEGLI life insurance open season has been scheduled for September 1 through September 30, 2016. Coverage elected during the open season will be effective the first pay period beginning on or after October 1, 2017. For more information, please visit www.opm.gov/life.
When you die, the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) will pay life insurance benefits in a particular order, set by law:
If you are an employee, you can cancel or reduce your FEGLI life insurance at any time by submitting this form to your human resources office.
If you want to reduce life insurance, sign only for the coverage you want to KEEP.
If you want to cancel all life insurance, sign in Box 5.
Exception: if you have assigned your life insurance by transferring ownership to another person or to a company, then you cannot cancel or reduce your Basic, Option A, or Option B coverage.
If you are a retiree, you can cancel or reduce your FEGLI life insurance at any time. There is no form; you must mail a signed letter to OPM's Retirement Office at:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Retirement Operations Center
P.O. Box 45
Boyers, PA 16017-0045
The cancellation or reduction must be in writing and have an original signature by the insured retiree. Be sure to include your retirement claim number (CSA) or Social Security Number (SSN) and specify what action you want taken. Please note that you cannot increase your coverage after retirement or reinstate coverage that you cancel.
If OFEGLI is paying the beneficiary less than $5,000, the beneficiary will receive a check.
If OFEGLI is paying the beneficiary $5,000 or more, the beneficiary will have a choice of two ways to receive the payment.
If the beneficiary is receiving $5,000 or more and does not make a decision on how to receive payment, a MetLife Total Control Account will be set up in the beneficiary' s name.
For more information, see the FEGLI Handbook chapter on claims.
Your life insurance coverage continues for up to 12 months in a LWOP or nonpay status. You do not have to pay any premiums while you are on LWOP unless you are receiving benefits from the Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.
The life insurance ends at the end of the 12 months with a 31-day extension of coverage and a right to convert to an individual policy.
During the first 12 months of LWOP, your FEGLI coverage continues. If you die during the first 12 months, OFEGLI uses the salary at the time of death to compute the benefit. For example:
Stan had Basic insurance only. He went on LWOP February 1, 2003. His salary at that time was $18,449. In September 2003, he got a within-grade increasing his salary to $20,849.00. He died November 15, 2003. Since he died during the first 12 months of LWOP, life insurance is payable. The basic salary used to compute the benefit is $20,849.00.
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