If you should die while employed by the federal government, payments will be made in a particular order, set by law, from:

  • life insurance (FEGLI)
  • unpaid salary
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) funds
  • retirement lump sum

Standard rules determine who is eligible to receive these payments. If you are satisfied with the order of payment for that program, you do not have to take any action. However, if you want these funds to go to someone else, you need to file a Designation of Beneficiary for that program.

Further information on designations of beneficiary:

Web pages and forms

U.S. Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20415
(202) 606-1800
TTY (202) 606-2532

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