Thinking About Retirement

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1 United States Retirement and Office of Insurance Personnel Service RI 83-1 1 Re vised December 1997 Management The Octo ber 1996 edition is still usable

2 Addi tional retirement informa tion and all publi ca tions of the U.S. Office of Per son nel Manage ment listed in this pamphlet are available on the Internet. OPM Website -- http://www.opm.gov/asd

3 Thinking About Retirement? If you are planning to retire within the next 5 years, this pamphlet is for you. It is designed to provide you with a general guide to help you through the retire­ cusses how your applica tion for retirement is processed ment process. It also dis at your agency and the U.S. Office of Person nel Manage ment (OPM). Retire ment is one of the most impor tant events in your life. A success ful retire­ ment takes careful planning on your part — planning that hopefully began early d in your working career to help insure that you will have the income you nee when you want to retire. The retirement process itself is very simple for most people. However, if at all pos si ble, there are several things you should do well in advance of your planned retire ment so that there are no sur prises when you do separate. Understand ing your role in the retire ment process, and the roles played by your agency and OPM, is an essential part of that planning. By working closely with your agency, you can help assure that your retire ment from Federal service will be smooth and worry free. The informa tion in this pamphlet applies primar ily to employees who are retiring vol un tar ily under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employ ees’ Retirement System (FERS). It is intended to give a brief over view of the most important things that employees need to do when planning for retire­ ment. More detailed informa tion on a number of topics is available in other publi ca­ tions of the U.S. Office of Per son nel Manage ment. These publi ca tions are listed at the end of this pamphlet, along with several publi ca tions from the Social Secu rity Administra tion, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, and the Internal Revenue Service. While you are still working, your agency has your records and is responsi ble for assist ing you. If you have questions, you may call the numbers listed below. Agency Officials: Please fill in the blanks below. Per son nel Office telephone number:______________________________ Pay roll Office telephone number:_________________________________ i

4 Table of Contents Pag e Pre par ing tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 to Re Sec tion I: 1 . . . . . . . . . Five or More Years Before Your Planned Retire ment Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One Year Before Retire ment 3 Six Months Before Retire ment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Two Months Before Retire ment Sec tion II: How Your Agency Proc esses Your Ap pli ca tion for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Re tire ment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Your Person nel Office 6 Your Payroll Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sec tion III: How OPM Proc esses Your Ap pli ca tion For Retire men t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Other Publi ca tions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 ii

5 Section I: Preparing to Retire If at all possi ble, you should start specific planning for retirement about 5 years bef ore your planned retire ment date. If you can’t start that early, use the time that is available to do whatever advance planning you can do. Your most valuable step in planning for retirement is to contact your person nel office for pre-retirement counsel ing. This will tell you whether you will be eligi­ ble to retire on the date you have in mind, whether you will be eli gi ble to keep ance cover ages as a retiree, if your agency has records your health and life insur of all your service, whether there are deposits or redepos its you may want to pay to maximize your annuity, and how much you can expect to receive as an annui tant. If your retirement package is not complete when your agency sends it to the U.S. Office of Person nel Manage ment, the final process ing of your applica tion for retirement may be delayed until miss ing informa tion is obtained. However, if you take the steps outlined in this pamphlet, you can help assure that your retire ment package is complete and able to be processed without problems. The steps outlined below will assist you in prepar ing for retirement. Five or More Years Before Your Planned Retirement Dat e Con tact your person nel office and request to attend a pre- retirement counsel ing semi nar, if available at your agency. Make sure your records are complete. Ask your servic ing person nel office for the fol low ing: • A listing of all peri ods of civil ian and military service that are verified in your Offi cial Person nel Folder (OPF). The preferred way to document your service history is for your agency to “Cer ti fied Summary of Federal Service” com plete an SF 2801-1, , (or an SF 3107-1 for FERS em ploy ees). Com pare this listing to your own records, make sure the list is complete, and ask that a copy be filed in your per son nel folder for asso cia tion with your re tire ment appli ca tion when you retire. If your check reveals that service is miss ing from the agency list, ask your per son nel office for assis tance in docu ­ ment ing the service. If you have had part- time or inter mit tent service, the list­ ing should show time worked for this kind of service. If you have service that put ing your annu ity, was not covered by retire ment that can be used in com and have not paid a deposit for it, the date and amount of each pay rate an d any adjust ment to the tour of duty needs to be re corded. • Veri fi ca tion that you will meet the age and serv ice require ments (and any other appli ca ble require ment) for retire ment on your proposed retire­ ment date. 1

6 • An annu ity esti mate so that you can deter mine whether your annu ity, along with any expected income from other sources, will meet your needs at the time you plan to retire. The esti mate should take into account the survi vor elections you plan to make. In addi tion, if there are payments for civil ian or military service that you can make that will increase your annu ity, you need to know how much these pay ­ ments are and what your annu ity will be with and without the payments. Since the inter est contin ues to accrue on depos its and rede pos its, if you in tend to make payment, you may want to complete it as quickly as possi ble. Also, if you owe a substan tial amount, you may need time to acquire the amount needed. Remem ber that, while payments for civil ian service may be made to the U.S. Office of Person nel Manage ment when you retire, military serv ice depos its must be paid to your agency before you separate. If you are a military retiree who must waive military retired pay to have the serv ice used in your annu ity, you also need to decide whether you want to do this if you have not already made a deci sion. • If you are enrolled in the Federal Employ ees Health Benefits (FEHB) pro gram, ask for verifi ca tion that your person nel file contains your latest en roll ment form that identi fies your present plan, type of enroll ment (self only or self and family), and option (high or standard). Nor mally, to continue cover age after retire ment, an employee must have been continu ously enrolled (or covered as a family member) in a plan (not nec es sar ily the same plan) for the 5 years of service imme di ate ly preced ing tinue your Federal health benefits cover age re tire ment. If you want to con af ter you retire, therefore, you must remain covered in a plan within the pro - gram until you retire. ­ If you are not enrolled (or covered as a family member) in the program, con sid er acquir ing cover age now if you are inter ested in having the cover age af ter you retire. Ask your agency bene fits offi cer about oppor tu ni ties to ac quire cover age. • - If you are in the Federal Employ ees Group Life Insur ance (FEGLI) pro gram, ask for verifi ca tion that your present cover age is documented in your person nel file. You will be able to continue your present cover age as long as you have been cov ered for the 5 years before you retire. Consid er what kind of cover age you will want after you retire and whether your current cover age will meet your needs. 2

7 If you are not in the life insur ance program, but are inter ested in having cov­ er age after retire ment, ask your agency benefits offi cer about oppor tu ni ties to ac quire cover age. You must have cover age for the 5-year peri od before retire­ ment to be able to continue it after retire ment. This includes both basic cov ­ er age and any optional cover age you want to keep after retire ment. Con firm who would be enti tled to receive life insur ance and other • mo nies that would become payable in the event of your death. If you previ ously completed a life insur ance Desig na tion of Benefi ci ary form that is in your person nel file, be sure that it re flects your current wishes. Also check other desig na tions of benefi ci ary that you have on file. Desig na­ son nel tions for the Federal Employ ees Retire ment System are filed in the per ice Retire­ folder until an employee separates. Desig na tions for the Civil Serv ment System are filed with the U.S. Office of Person nel Manage ment. Thrift Sav ings Plan (TSP) desig na tions are filed with the Thrift Sav ings Plan Service Of fice. If you have not filed desig na tions of benefi ci ary, make sure that the nor mal order of precedence will meet your needs. Find out if you will be eli gi ble for a Social Secu rity benefit. Call the Social • Se cu rity Admin istra tion on (800) 772-1213 to ask for SSA- 7004- PC, Re quest for Earnings and Benefit Statement , to get a record of your earn­ ings under Social Secu rity and, if you will be eligi ble, an esti mate of the pay ment you may receive. This esti mate is not adjusted for the Windfall Elimina tion Provi sion, which is a pro vi sion of the Social Secu rity law that reduces the Social Security-covered bene fits of many former Federal employ ees. You also may be enti tled to bene fits based on the Social Security-covered earnings of your spouse or former spouse. However, this benefit may be affected by the Govern ment Pen sion Offset, another provi sion of Social Secu rity law. fected by Ask the agency repre sen ta tive who is assist ing you if you will be af ei ther of these provi sions, or visit your local Social Secu rity office for assis­ tance. One Year Before Retirement This is the point at which you need to take some of the more detailed neces sary ac tions. Since this pamphlet covers only the most common items, you should ask your agency for the “Check list for Employ ees Prepar ing to Retire” and the “Check list for Health Benefits and Life Insur ance Cover age” because these checklists are more compre hen sive than this pamphlet. Use these tools to be sure you do not for get to take a needed action or obtain needed infor ma tion. Con firm that nothing has changed that would affect your planning. 3

8 • You may want to attend another pre-retirement seminar, if available. Many agen cies encour age employ ees to invite spouses. • Re quest an updated retire ment esti mate. Since you are now very close to your planned retire ment date, this esti mate should be very close to your ac tual annu ity amount. Make an appoint ment with your servic ing person nel office to go through every- thing and verify that any needed action to verify or document your service and in sur ance cover age has been done. • If you have unpaid depos its or rede pos its, review the whole topic of paying for service, includ ing post-1956 military service. If you want to pay depos its or rede pos its, you should already have asked for a • bill ing. • If you now need a billing, ask your person nel office for assis tance. Re mem ber that a deposit for post-1956 military service needs to be paid to • your agency before separa tion. Re view your survi vor benefit options fits that may be -- the types of bene elected, the eligi bil ity require ments for survi vor benefits, their cost, and the ne ces sity for your spouse to consent if you want to provide less than full benefits for him or her. Also, remem ber that if you do not provide any annu ity for your spouse, he or she will not be able to con tinue Federal Employ ees Health Bene­ fits (FEHB) cover age upon your death. Ob tain current infor ma tion about expected income from other sources. Con­ sid er your thrift plan withdrawal options, esti mate the relative monetary advan­ tages of differ ent ways of withdraw ing thrift plan funds, and con sid er the tax ef fects of each. Also, if you have not al ready done so, obtain infor ma tion about Fed eral and, if appli ca ble, State taxation of your annu ity and other income. See the list of publi ca tions at the end of this pamphlet for items that may be helpful to you. If you are enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program, verify that you are eligi ble to continue your cover age as a retiree. Ask whether your per son nel folder contains documen ta tion that you have been enrolled in a plan un der the program for the 5-year peri od before your retire ment. If you will not meet the 5-year require ment as of your planned retire ment date, you may want to delay retire ment until you meet it. If your health insur ance cover age will not con tinue into retire ment, ask about the 31-day exten sion of cover age and Tem ­ po rary Continua tion of Cover age. Note: If you are a military retiree, your Civil ian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS) cover age counts toward the 5-year require­ ment. However, you must be enrolled in the health insur ance program when you retire in order to have health insur ance cover age after retire ment. 4

9 If you are in the Federal Employ ees Group Life Insur ance (FEGLI) program, ver ify that you will be able to con tinue your cover age into retire ment, and sur ance you want to keep as a retiree will ask how much the amount of in If you were not en rolled in the program for the 5 years of service cost you. im me di ate ly preced ing retire ment or for all service since your first op por tu nity to enroll, you cannot continue your life insur ance into retire ment. This rule ap plies to all optional life insur ance cover age, too. If you will not meet the er age as of your planned re tire­ 5- year require ment for some or all of your cov ment date, you may want to delay your retire ment. You are enti tled to convert your life insur ance cover age to a private policy whether or not you are eligi ble to continue it into retire ment. Check any desig na tions of benefi ci ary you have on file to be sure that they re flect your current needs. If you have not filed desig na tions of benefi ci ary, make sure that the normal order of precedence for payments will meet your needs. If you have not already done so, inform your super vi sor of your intended re tire ment date. Six Months Before Retirement Clear up any indebt ed ness to your agency — for exam ple, for an outstand ing travel advance or advanced leave. If you are a military retiree who wants to waive your military retired pay, you in should notify the Retired Pay Opera tions Center from your branch of service writ ing at least 90 days, but no later than 60 days, before your planned retire­ ment date. Two Months Before Retirement Choose your exact retire ment date, if you have not already done so. Remem ber that for volun tary retire ments, Civil Service Retire ment System annui ties can be gin on the first, second, or third day of the month. However, in the Federal Em ploy ees Retire ment System, volun tary retire ments begin only on the first of a month. Ob tain all the neces sary forms and complete them. Pay particu lar atten tion to the infor ma tion in the appli ca tion regard ing Workers Compen sa tion and pay­ ments from the U.S. Office of Person nel Manage ment (OPM). Ask your servic ing per son nel office for assis tance if you have any ques tions. Failure to complete any form or item of infor ma tion that may be required in your case may cause your person nel office or OPM to delay the final process ing of your appli ca tion for retire ment. Sub mit all your forms to your su per vi sor or servic ing person nel office. Keep a copy for your own records. 5

10 Notes: 1. If you have a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account, your agency will provide you with a TSP withdrawal package after you retire. The package contains infor­ ma tion and forms you will need to withdraw your account. When you are ready to make a withdrawal election — but not before you separate from serv ice — submit the Withdrawal Request (Form TSP-70) to the TSP Service Of fice in New Orleans, Louisi ana. 2. If you are within 3 months of age 62 or older, you must con tact the Social Se cu rity Admin istra tion directly to apply for any Social Secu rity retire ment bene fit you are eligi ble for. You can apply for benefits by going to any Social Se cu rity office or by calling (800) 772-1213. If you are within 3 months of age 65 or older, you should con 3. tact the Social Se cu rity Admin istra tion to apply for Medicare, in addi tion to the Social Secu­ rity retire ment benefit. 4. If you have a volun tary contri bu tions (VC) account, you should be aware that in ter est stops accru ing when you separate for retire ment. If you plan to re quest a refund of your account, you should complete form RI 38-124, Vol­ un tary Contri bu tions Election , and send it to OPM now so that you avoid hav­ ing a gap between the date inter est stops accru ing and the date you receive a re fund of the money in the account. Section II: How Your Agency Processes Your Application for Retirement Your Personnel Office The process ing of your retire ment appli ca tion begins at your person nel office. The appro pri ate offi cial in your person nel office will check your person nel folder ice require ments for retire ment and for to ensure that you meet the age and serv con tinu ing any insur ance cover ages you may have. He or she will also prepare a Cer ti fied Summary of Federal Service which lists your verified Federal civil ian and mili tary service. You will then be given an op por tu nity to review and sign the Cer ti fied Summary for complete ness and accu racy. Your person nel office will also take the follow ing actions, if appli ca ble in your case: • Cer tify your Federal Employ ees’ Group Life Insur ance cover age to OPM, if you appear eligi ble to continue this cover age into retire ment. For ward any current desig na tions of benefi ci ary that are in your person nel • folder. • Proc ess the Person nel Action neces sary to separate you from the Federal serv­ ice for retire ment. • Com plete and certify the person nel office portion of your retire ment appli ca­ tion and the Agency Checklist of Imme di ate Retire ment Proce dures . 6

11 After your person nel office completes all of its actions, your appli ca tion and roll office. related records are sent to your pay If you need to contact your servic ing person nel office concern ing retire ment mat ters, the telephone number can be found on the front cover of this pam ­ phlet. Your Payroll Office Your payroll office will authorize your final salary payment after you separate for re tire ment and a lump sum payment for any unused annual leave you may have. The payroll office will then certify and close out your Indi vid ual Retire­ ment Record, which is the offi cial record of your Federal service history. It re flects your retire ment deduc tions for your current service, pay rates, unused ­ sick leave credit for retire ment purposes, last day of pay, date and type of sepa ra tion, and other data that is neces sary for the U.S. Office of Person nel Manage­ ment (OPM) to deter mine your retire ment benefits. Because this record reflects your total retire ment deduc tions for your last peri od of service, it cannot be closed out until your final salary check has been issued. Your payroll office will also: • Com plete its portion of the Agency Checklist of Imme di ate Retire ment Proce­ dures , and • Cer tify your annual basic pay for life insur ance purposes, if appli ca ble. Af ter complet ing all actions neces sary in your case your payroll office will for- ward your retire ment package on a “Reg is ter of Separa tion and Transfers” to OPM, Retire ment Opera tions Center, Boyers, PA 16017. Some Federal agencies transmit retire ment infor ma tion to OPM via computer tape. The infor ma tion transmit ted includes the Federal income tax withhold ing on file with the agency and any Di rect Deposit instruc tions your agency uses to de posit your pay electroni cally. Gener ally, OPM is able to continue taking the ac tions the separat ing payroll office was taking. The actual appli ca tion for retire­ ment and your Indi vid ual Retire ment Record accom pany the computer tapes to OPM and confirm the infor ma tion transmit ted by tape. OPM is often able to author ize the interim payments described in Section III based on the computer tapes. De pend ing on your agency’s proce dures, your payroll office may then send you a letter which provides you with infor ma tion about the Regis ter on which your for ma tion includes the Regis ter re tire ment package was sent to OPM. This in number, the transmit tal and mailing dates, and your payroll office number. Do not contact OPM unless your retire ment package has been sent to them. OPM will not be able to assist you until they have received your retire ment pack age. If your agency has not given you infor ma tion about the Regis ter on which your retire ment package was sent to OPM, contact your payroll office for this infor ma tion before you contact OPM. Your payroll office telephone number should be found on page i of this pamphlet. 7

12 Un der OPM’s current standards, your agency is expected to complete its per- son nel office and payroll office process ing actions and forward your retire ment pack age to OPM so that it is received within 30 days after you separate. How- ever, this process ing standard is not met in all cases. Appli ca tions for disabil ity retire ment are not processed as described Note: above. If you are apply ing to retire on disabil ity, your agency will normally send your retire ment appli ca tion, evidence support ing your disabil ity claims and pre­ limi nary retire-ment records to OPM. OPM will review the records and deter- mine if you qualify for disabil ity retire ment. If you are eligi ble, OPM will notify your agency to separate you from their rolls. The fi nal records showing your sepa ra tion for disabil ity retire ment will then be sent to OPM. t Section III: How OPM Processes Your Application For Retiremen Shortly after it receives your appli ca tion for retire ment, the U.S. Office of Per - son nel Manage ment’s (OPM) Retire ment Opera tions Center, Office of Retire­ ment Programs, will send you an ac knowl edg ment and your retire ment claim number. Your claim number will be gin with the letters “CSA" (Civil Service An nu ity). This number is very impor tant because you will need to refer to it any time you call or write OPM about your claim. [ Note: If you are retir ing on dis­ abil ity, the fact that OPM sends you a CSA claim number does not mean tha t you have been found eligi ble for disabil ity retire ment.] If you need to contact OPM before you receive your CSA number, be sure to pro vide them with the follow ing infor ma tion about the Regis ter on which your re tire ment package was sent: the Regis ter number, its transmit tal and mailing dates, and the payroll office number. This infor ma tion is available at your payroll of fice as discussed in Section II. The Retire ment Opera tions Center will review your appli ca tion package (and any retire ment records OPM has on file from service at a previous agency) and as sem ble them into a retire ment file. If your enti tle ment to annu ity is clear, OPM will authorize recur ring interim annu ity payments to provide you with an in come until your claim is completed. If neces sary, OPM will request addi tional in for ma tion to develop any incom plete service history or insur ance documen ta­ cess tion that was not provided by your agency which may be needed to pro your claim. In terim annu ity payments are usually between 85% and 95% of your regu lar monthly payment after deduc tions — such as for health insur ance. The OPM goal is to authorize the Depart ment of the Treasury to make payment within 5 work days after receiv ing your retire ment records. The time frame within which you can expect to receive your first interim payment can vary from about 5 days to 2 to 3 weeks. 8

13 The length of time it takes for your payment to come depends on whether your agency transfers retire ment infor ma tion via electronic medium or only on paper. If your retire ment infor ma tion comes to OPM electroni cally, OPM would usually de posit your first payment to your account in your finan cial organi za tion within 5 work days after receiv ing your retire ment infor ma tion. Please note that by law OPM must deposit your payment directly, unless you qualify for an excep tion to this require ment. If your agency is submit ting only paper records and you qualify for payment by check, it may take as long as 3 weeks for the first check to come. This amount of time is needed for someone at OPM to review your infor ma tion and compute the amount of the interim payment, for the Depart ment of the Treasury to print and mail a check, and for the Postal Service to deliver the check to you. OPM will send you a notice inform ing you of the amount of your interim pay­ ments. If Federal income tax is withheld, the notice will show the amount. If you are enrolled in the health benefits or life insur ance programs, the notice will not show the cost of your enroll ment. Instead, the gross interim payment amount will be reduced to cover the insur ance cost. An nu ity benefits accrue through the end of the month and are pay able on the first business day of the follow ing month. Once interim payments are author­ ized, they continue until final adju di ca tion of your appli ca tion for retire ment is com plete. Af ter the Retire ment Opera tions Center completes initial actions, it forwards your retire ment file to a claims adju di ca tion office. Your case will then be as signed to a retire ment benefits special ist for the final adju di ca tion of your to ap pli ca tion for retire ment. The benefits special ist will review your enti tle ment bene fits and will follow up to obtain any outstand ing documen ta tion needed to pro cess the appli ca tion for retire ment. When your retire ment file is deter mined to be complete and accu rate, the bene fits special ist will deter mine the amount of your monthly an nu ity benefit and will authorize payment of your regular annu ity benefit. The process ing time to complete the final adju di ca tion of claims will vary, of course, accord ing to whether the retire ment package your agency submits is fully documented and accu rate. You can help with this process by actively par­ tici pat ing in the documen ta tion of your retire ment package. The volume of work on hand at OPM also affects the length of time it takes to com plete final adju di­ ca tion. OP M’s goal is to complete the final adju di ca tion of fully documented claims within 45 days from the date of receipt from the payroll offices. Incom plete re tire ment claims can take much longer be cause OPM will have to write or call the agency that has the needed infor ma tion and then wait for a response. 9

14 OPM will send you an Annu ity Statement and other infor ma tional mate rial con­ cern ing your retire ment benefits when your regular annu ity payments are author ized. pli ca tion for retire ment, If you have questions concern ing the status of your ap you may call OPM’s Retire ment Infor ma tion Office at (202) 606-0500. (How- ever, you should not use this tele phone number unless your agency has sent your retire ment package to OPM.) The TDD number is (202) 606-0551 . If your agency has not given you infor ma tion about the regis ter on which your re tire ment package was sent to OPM, con tact your payroll office for this infor­ plete discus sion of the ma tion before you contact OPM. (See page 7 for a com in for ma tion OPM must have to find your rec ords before you have your retire­ ment claim number.) This pamphlet provides highlights of the retire ment process for the Civil Service Re tire ment System and the Federal Employ ees’ Retire ment System. For more in for ma tion, contact your person nel office. Publications Avail able from your servic ing person nel office or by calling the Social Secu­ rity Admin istra tion at (800) 772-1213: • “A Pension From Work Not Covered By Social Secu rity” (SSA Publi ca tion No. 05-10045) “Gov ern ment Pension Offset” (SSA Publi ca tion No. 05-10007) • You may obtain copies of the pamphlets listed below from your person nel http://www.opm.gov/as d), or from OPM of fice, from the OPM's Website ( ON LINE (OPM's electronic bulle tin board) at (202) 606-4800. To access OPM ON LINE, your commu ni ca tions software should be set to the follow ing: Up to 28,800 Baud: Par ity: None Data bits: 8 Stop bits: 1 The pamphlets in the Retire ment Facts Series, which pro vide more detailed in for ma tion about the Civil Service Retire ment System (CSRS), are: Re tire ment Facts #1 - The Civil Service Retire ment System (RI 83-1) • • Re tire ment Facts #2 - Military Service Credit Under the Civil Service Retire­ ment System (RI 83-2) • Re tire ment Facts #3 - Depos its and Rede pos its Under the Civil Service Re tire ment System (RI 83-3) 10

15 • Re tire ment Facts #4 - Disabil ity Retire ment Under the Civil Service Retire­ ment System (RI 83-4) • Re tire ment Facts #5 - Survi vor Benefits Under the Civil Service Retire ment Sys tem (RI 83-5) Re tire ment Facts #6 - Early Retire ment Under the Civil Service Retire ment • Sys tem (RI 83-6) • Re tire ment Facts #7 - Comput ing Retire ment Benefits Under the Civil Serv­ ice Retire ment System (RI 83-7) Re tire ment Facts #8 • - Credit for Unused Sick Leave Under the Civil Service Re tire ment System (RI 83-8) Re tire ment Facts #9 • - Refunds Under the Civil Service Retire ment System (RI 83-9) Re tire ment Facts #10 - Volun tary Contri bu tions Under the Civil Service • Re tire ment System (RI 83-10) • Re tire ment Facts #11 - Infor ma tion for Separat ing CSRS Employ ees Who Are Not Eligi ble for an Imme di ate Annu ity (RI 83-11) • Re tire ment Facts #12 - Infor ma tion About Reem ploy ment for CSRS Annui­ tants (RI 83-18) • - CSRS Offset Retire ment (RI 83-19) Re tire ment Facts #13 Re tire ment Facts #14 • - Law Enforce ment and Firefighter CSRS Retire ment (RI 83-20) Pam phlets appli ca ble to employ ees in either the Civil Service Retire ment Sys tem or the Federal Employ ees Retire ment System are: Court- Ordered Benefits for Former Spouses (RI 84-1) • • Work- Related Inju ries and Fatali ties — What You and Your Family Need to Know About Your Benefits (RI 84-2) • Life Events and Your Retire ment and Insur ance Benefits (For Employ ees) (RI 84-3) Think ing About Retire ment? (RI 83-11) • Pub li ca tions for employ ees who are under the Federal Employ ees Retire­ ment System (FERS) are: • FERS Brochure (An Overview of Your Benefits) (RI 90-1) • FERS Facts #1 - Infor ma tion for Separat ing FERS Employ ees Who Are Not Eli­ gi ble for an Imme di ate Annu ity (RI 90-11) 11

16 • FERS Facts #2 - Infor ma tion About Reem ploy ment for FERS Annui tants (RI 90-18) For employ ees who are eligi ble to transfer to the FERS: FERS Transfer Handbook (A Guide to Making Your Deci sion) (RI 90-3) • Pam phlets on the Federal Employ ees Health Benefits and Life In sur ance Pro- grams are: • Fed eral Employ ees Health Benefits Guide (RI 70-1) • Tem po rary Continua tion of Cover age (TCC) under the Federal Employ ees Health Benefits Program (RI 79-27) • Fed eral Employ ees Group Life Insur ance Program (FEGLI) Booklet (RI 76-21) Available from the Internal Revenue Service by calling (800) 829-1040 • ice Retire ment Benefits” IRS Publi ca tion 721 “Tax Guide to U.S. Civil Serv Note: Most of the publi ca tions listed above can be downloaded from OPM ONLINE (OPM’s electronic bulle tin board) at (202) 606-4800. To access OPM ONLINE, your commu ni ca tions software should be set to the follow ing: Baud: Up to 28,800 Par ity: None Data bits: 8 Stop bit: 1 12

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