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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.


  1. Gloria Lee-Taylor on

    My ex-husband (deceased) have 4 children – all adults. One child is in college part-time. My ex-husband passed away in 2012. I went to all avenues to get his pension for his children to no avail.

    • Unless entitlement to a survivor annuity was included in the court order ending your marriage and that order was filed with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, you would have no legal right to that benefit.

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