Social Security reduction


Q. Is the Social Security benefit that the federal retiree receives from a spouse’s nonfederal work history reduced in any way because the retiree is receiving a federal pension?

A. If you are a CSRS retiree, the answer is yes. The Social Security spousal benefit would be reduced by $2 for every $3 you receive in your CSRS annuity. If you are a FERS employee, the answer is no.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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