Q. When I retire, I will select a survivor benefit for my wife. After retiring, if she passes before I do, is it true that if I contact OPM it will restore by annuity to the amount it would have been had I not elected a spousal benefit? If so, is there a specific window of time in which I need to advise the OPM of my wife’s passing?
A. No, there is no specific time frame for notifying OPM. However, it would make sense to do it sooner rather than later.