CSRS beneficiary payments


Q. My husband is a named beneficiary on his mother’s pension from the Civil Service Retirement System (she was a former employee of the USPS).  She recently passed away, and I am curious about whether there is some kind of standard amount that is paid to survivors, or does that amount vary and depend on what is left in the employee’s pension account? 

A. He would be entitled to any of his mother’s retirement contributions that hadn’t already been returned to her in her annuity payments.


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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.

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