Survivor Benefit Plan


Q. Is it possible to retain my Defense Department Survivor Benefit Plan and use it as the basis for continued Federal Employees Health Benefits coverage for my wife and dependent child if I were to pass away. I plan on retiring under FERS this year. I’d rather not take the FERS SBP as it is more expensive. I am retired military with 20 years and bought back the time?

A. No, it isn’t.


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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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