Q. My mother received survivor benefits from my father’s federal retirement annuity and she passed away in December. Can I now receive these benefits because I am receiving Social Security survivors benefits on my father’s account because I am a disabled child?
A. If you weren’t receiving children’s benefits during your father’s lifetime, then it’s unlikely that you would be entitled to any now. To be sure, you can write OPM at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Retirement Information Center at 1-888-767-6738.