Q: I retired in 2008 under CSRS retirement. I elected spousal a dollar amount to be paid out at my death. I didn’t include health benefits as my wife is a federal employee with her own health insurance. My spouse would like to waive the spousal annuity to be paid out at my death. What is the process?
A: While your wife is free to decline the receipt of a survivor annuity when she reports your death to OPM, it is too late for you to cancel your election of a survivor annuity for her. You would have had to do that within 30 days after the date of your first regular monthly check.