Eligibility for spousal benefit


Q: I am a 63-year-old CSRS federal employee. My husband is retired and drawing Social Security. Am I eligible for the Social Security spousal benefit if I am still employed under CSRS?

A: Yes, you are eligible for a spousal Social Security benefit while still working; however, once you retire you will be subject to the government pension offset provision of law. The GPO will reduce that spousal annuity by $2 for every $3 you receive in your CSRS annuity.


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