Death benefits for NSA bachelor


Q. My son, who was a National Security Agency employee, died 13 months after he retired. What are the benefits for his family, which consists of mother, and two brothers? My son was 56 years old.

A. There are only two possible benefits. His Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance, if any, and the unexpended contributions he made to the retirement system. The recipient(s) would be whomever was listed on his designation of beneficiaries form. In the absence of such a designation, they would be paid out according to the standard order of precedence. Call the Office of Personnel Management’s Retirement Information Office at 888-767-6738 or 724-794-2005. Be sure to give them his full name, date of birth, date of death and Social Security number.


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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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