Survivor benefit and Social Security


Q. My spouse is eligible for CSRS survivor benefits. Upon my death, would her CSRS survivor benefit be affected in any way from Social Security benefits, and vice versa, that she will receive from her nonfederal employment?

A. No, it won’t. She will be able to receive her CSRS survivor benefit and her earned Social Security benefit, with no reduction in either.


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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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