Please provide this information to anyone interested in information about what to do after the death of a federal employee, retiree, or survivor. If you or they have any questions, feel free to call the U.S. Office of Personnel Management at (202) 606-0500.
The following information is provided to assist survivors of federal employees or former federal employees about:
To help make a decision on where to apply for death benefits, use the following table:
If the deceased was a current government employee, the deceased’s employing agency will provide assistance and application forms. If the deceased was a former government employee, the Office of Personnel Management will provide application forms and assistance, determine whether any benefits are payable to survivors and make payments to eligible beneficiaries.
Life Insurance Claims
If the deceased was insured under the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program, notify U.S. Office of Personnel Management, PO Box 45, Boyers, PA 16017. The Office of Personnel Management will supply the proper claim form. The claim form should be filed with the Office of Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance, 4 East 24th Street, New York, NY 10010.
Return any uncashed retirement checks payable to the deceased to:
Director, Disbursing Center
U.S. Treasury Department
PO Box 8670
Chicago, IL 60680
Such checks are not legally negotiable.
If retirement checks are received dated after the payee’s date of death, and are cashed or deposited in the deceased payee’s bank account, the Treasury Department will recover the amount of the checks from the bank or other financial institution. The financial institution will, in turn, recover from the negotiator of the check(s). All money due the retiree at the date of death will be paid to the eligible survivors.
Direct Deposit Payments
Direct deposit payments made to a decedent’s account should not be removed from the account. Please notify the financial institution of the death and whether any payments have been withdrawn.
In all cases in which funds have been placed in an account, let Treasury recovery action take place. Do not attempt to make direct repayment by personal check or money order. Such action could result in the monies involved being collected twice. If the Treasury recovery action does not recover all funds paid after death, the negotiator of the check(s) or the estate will be billed for any remaining overpayment amount.
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