OPM: Retirees' Annuity Payments Are Safe in Shutdown

By on April 8, 2011 in Human Resources, News

The following memo is from OPM’s Retirement Information Center:

As you have probably seen on the news, the appropriation that allows the government to operate is scheduled to expire this Friday at midnight. Many people have called and are asking how a closure would affect them.  We would like to address your concerns and assure you that Retirement Services’ employees will be on the job.

Our most asked question is whether or not checks and direct deposits will be affected.  Federal retirees will still receive their scheduled annuity payments on the first business day of the month.

In addition, if you need to make updates or changes to your retirement account, we will be available to assist you.  As always, you can make many of these changes online at www.servicesonline.opm.gov or by calling Retirement Services at 1-888-767-6738.

If you need to report the death of your family member you can do this (and apply for benefits) by accessing www.opm.gov/retire or calling us at 1-888-767-6738.

If your family member was a Federal employee at the time of death, please contact the agency where they worked.  If the employing agency is closed, you will need to wait until they return to work to begin the process.

If you recently retired from Federal service and your agency or payroll center submitted your retirement application to OPM, you will begin receiving interim annuity payments while OPM retirement specialists process your application.

If your agency or payroll center has not yet submitted your retirement application or your application is incomplete, you will likely experience a delay as we need to receive all of the information from the agency before we can process your retirement.  Some of these agencies may not be operating during a Government furlough.

Our most important news to you is that Retirement Services will be working normal operating hours during a Government furlough.

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  1. Fed Up! says:

    Yet another little known benefit of being retired! We continue to get paid for doing nothing even when all our un-retired fellow Feds are furloughed cause of the do-nothing RW idiots in Congress!

    • PitbullDad says:

      Fed Up: We already paid our dues (you haven’t, apparently), so it’s not like we’re getting “paid for doing nothing.”

      • Fed Up! says:

        I paid my ‘dues’ for 33+ years Ret LR. The RW nuts in congress will be coming after you next and discounting your dues to nothing. How’s that vote workin out for your fellow RW fed employees?

    • PitbullDad says:

      Who are “the do-nothing RW idiots in Congress?” It’s the Dems that are the Do-Nothing Congress because when they had the House, Senate, and White House, they didn’t pass a budget.

      The Republicans passed HR 1 and the Sentate, headed up by Dems and Harry “Do-Nothing” Reid, haven’t even voted on it, nor have they advanced a proposal of their own. The ball is in the lap of the Senate Democrats to do something.

      Finally, I think it’s amazing that Steny Hoyer says Congress is “essential” because they have to work on the budget, THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE PASSED LAST SEPTEMBER 2010, but according to Rangle, they had other issues and just didn’t get to it…yeah right, like shoving ObamaCare down our throats.

      • Fed Up! says:

        Funny, there was no threat to shut down the govt. last fall in the previous congress. Since Jan. the new congress of the t-par-tee has had 4 months to negotiate. Oh and btw, the reason no budget was passed in previous congress was because there is a little rule about 61 votes for cloture to bring a bill to the floor. and when the naked hero of the RW from Mass was elected that supermajority was no longer in the Senate. And the repugs cried and cried with wet hankies not to use the “nuwkle-er option” on them before Nov election.

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