Retirement Benefits

 If an employee dies and no survivor annuity is payable based on his/her death, the retirement contributions remaining to the deceased person’s credit in the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, plus applicable interest, are payable.


If a lump sum benefit is payable, it is paid to the first person eligible under the following order of precedence:

• beneficiary designated by the deceased in writing which is signed and witnessed and is received at his/her employing agency (or OPM if the deceased was a retiree or a separated employee) prior to death;

• spouse of the deceased;

• children of the deceased (or descendants of deceased children);

• parents of the deceased;

• executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate; then

next of kin of the deceased according to the laws in the deceased person’s state of domicile.