Q. My husband is a retired civil service employee. His first wife died before he retired. he then married me after 8 years of being a widower. Am I entitled to a survivor benefits if (God forbids) he dies first? He said I am only entitled to whatever is left from the money he had contributed while working as federal employee, and he said I will not receive any money from his retirement pension. In order for me to receive his retirement pension, he would have had to pay the government $750 dollars a month. How is this so?
Author Reg Jones
Q. As I understand it, when a retiree’s spouse dies, the retiree needs to notify the Office of Personnel Management. Is the increase in the retiree’s annuity effective at the time of that notice, or is it back-dated to the date of death?
Q. Does a federal employee have to complete a standard form in order to receive the FERS supplement? Or does the Office of Personnel Management automatically calculate the amount along with their voluntary retirement annuity?
Q. I had five years of federal service, bought back 10 military years, then quit federal employment at age 40. I’ll apply for a deferred pension at 62. Is there any chance of getting health care under the FEHB program then?
Q. I worked for the government for 36.5 years and paid for survivor benefits under CSRS. My wife worked outside the government and is getting now about $675 per month from Social Security. Would she collect 55 percent of my federal pension and also receive the same amount she is getting now from Social Security? If not, how much would she lose?
Q. If I accept a VERA and have fewer than 30 years of service, will I still still get the special retirement supplement when I reach my minimum retirement age? How do they calculate the payment?