Retirement Policy

OPM has sent guidance to agencies reminding them of their responsibilities in the administration of the retirement program, noting that OPM sets policies, develops guidance and provides training and tools to agencies while agencies process benefit actions and provide day-to-day administration and communication with employees.

For their part, OPM said, employees are responsible for reviewing their records to ensure they are complete and accurate. For example, they need to review their official personnel folder to ensure the information in it is complete and accurate.

OPM pointed agencies to a checklist on the retirement application forms for FERS and CSRS to ensure that an application is complete, to be used by the employing office and the payroll office.