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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct 7, 2013
October 7, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 12 8 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Federal Benefits Q&A Question: "I have been single and retired for 17 years. If I now marry and choose to make my wife eligible for survivor benefits, I am aware that OPM will calculate the amount due based on as if I had made such an election at retirement. I am told they recoup this money by reducing the annuity. What happens if I die prior to them recouping all the money? How do they collect?" Answer: If a retiree has been single and gets married during retirement, the retiree may elect to provide a spousal survivor annuity benefit within two years (one year if retired under a disability) of the marriage. The retiree will be charged as if the election were in effect during his or her entire retirement. The result is an actuarial reduction in order to take into account the expense of giving a survivor annuity benefit that was not deducted from the annuitant's annuity check between the time the annuitant retired and the time the annuitant got married and elected to give a survivor annuity benefit. As such, there is no need to recoup the cost of giving a survivor benefit should you predecease your spouse. Readers are encouraged to ask questions related to general employee benefits---such as CSRS, FERS, the Thrift Savings Plan, tax and estate planning, insurance, Social Security and Medicare---at the "Federal Benefits Q&A" at www.FederalSoup.com. continued from page 5 No major agencies registered a decline. However, among the Senior Executive Service, there was a decline over the one-year period from 5.4 per- cent to 2.0 percent among Hispanics. "A number of efforts are ongoing to address these challenges," OPM's former Acting Director Elaine Kaplan wrote in the report. Kaplan noted, for example, the agency's continued involvement with the Hispanic Council on Federal Employment, which con- nects leaders from the Hispanic com- munity with federal agencies. She added that agencies are actively working "to implement successful practices related to the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of Hispanics in the federal workplace." To see more, go to: www.opm.gov/ policy-data-oversight/diversity-and- inclusion/reports/hispanic_sep2013.pdf. Flu shots available A government shutdown may have been foremost on the minds of most federal employees last week, but the Office of Personnel Management is reminding them of another imminent threat---the upcoming flu season. "Employees and their families enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program can...be immunized through their health plans at no out-of-pocket cost," noted a mem- orandum to agency heads co-issued last week by OPM and the Department of Health and Human Services. "Federal departments and agencies are also improving access to flu vaccine through their occupational health clinics." "Everyone should receive the flu vac- cine, and not just those at high risk for serious complications," the memo stated. To see more, go to: www.chcoc. gov/Transmittals/TransmittalDetails. aspx?TransmittalID=5814. Thrift SavingsPlanSharePrices FUNDS OCT. 1 ONE MONTH AGO ONE YEAR AGO G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund Lifecycle Funds L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050 Register free to get rates of return and other TSP info at: www.FederalDaily.com/pages/resources/thrift-savings-plan.aspx 14.2083 14.1799 13.9744 15.7310 15.5919 15.9872 21.7746 20.9421 18.1465 31.4273 29.2781 25.6569 24.2874 22.5132 19.6678 16.4825 16.2743 15.6242 20.8835 20.2485 18.5481 22.2590 21.4137 19.2315 23.4047 22.3863 19.8145 13.1680 12.5230 10.9313
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