Q. Can I elect a survivor benefit in any amount, or does it have to be the 100 percent or 50 percent that is always talked about?
A. If you are a CSRS employee, you may elect any amount from $1 per year up to 55 percent of your basic annuity. If you are a FERS employee, you are limited to either 50 percent or 25 percent of your basic annuity.