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Support center / Report a federal employee death

Report a federal employee death

If you're the spouse of a federal employee who passed away, you can report the death to OPM to help process potential retirement benefits for surviving spouses and children.

How to report an employee death

  1. Go to the online reporting page

  2. Select a federal retirement program, and then click Continue

     
  3. Provide the employee's information and your (surviving spouse) information

     
  4. Submit your report and wait to hear back from us

    We'll send you a confirmation email that we received your report of employee death. We usually respond within 3 to 5 business days. We'll call or email you with an answer. Please don't contact us in the meantime.

How to report a death if you are a relative or caregiver

You should contact the human resources office of the agency where the employee worked. Only surviving spouses of employees can report a death directly to OPM.

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Call us if you can't find an answer to your question on OPM.gov or if you can't sign in to OPM Retirement Services Online to manage your annuity account. You may also need to call us for special or complex cases, or because we directed you to.

Phone: 1-888-767-6738
TTY: 711

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 7:40 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Closed on federal holidays

Our busiest time is between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET.

Please make sure your first and last name, phone number, email address, claim number, and signature are included in any inquiries or documents you mail to us. We usually respond within 1 to 3 weeks after we receive your mail.

Retirement Operations Center
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Post Office Box 45
Boyers, PA 16017

You can meet with one of our Customer Service Specialists in person. We serve walk-ins on a first come, first served basis—no appointment necessary.

Retirement Services Support Center
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
1900 E. Street, NW
Room 1323
Washington, DC 20415
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Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Closed on federal holidays

OPM Retirement Services does not have a main fax number.

You should only fax us documents if an official OPM form or one of our Customer Service Specialists asks you to (the fax number will be provided on the form, or the Customer Service Specialist will provide you one.) Otherwise, you should mail us your documents.