Survivor benefits in CSRS


Q. My husband passed away in 2005. He worked for the post office. I receive CSRS survivor benefits. I have legal permanent custody of my 4-year-old grandson. Is he entitled to survivor benefits as my dependent?

A. No. Dependents acquired by a survivor after an employee or retiree dies aren’t eligible for survivor benefits.


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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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