Q. Would any circumstances or special programs end a CSRS annuity payment to the retiree before death? My mother retired under CSRS and included a spousal annuity. For some reason, they are worried that the annuity may end soon. She had approximately 18 years of federal service and retired at age 65. I’ve always assumed the annuity goes until death but cannot find anything that clearly states that in order to give her peace of mind.
A. Your mother’s annuity could end before her death only if she were convicted of certain rare offenses, left the U.S. to avoid prosecution or refused to testify before certain legal bodies, none of which is likely to apply in her case. You can read about them at 5U.S.Code 8312 through 8315.