Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
Sources: NALC: When an Active Letter Carrier Dies, and various government agencies.

When an Active Postal Employee Dies

Notify employee’s immediate supervisor, postmaster or manager. Give time and location of memorial services.

Fill out forms (obtain from USPS personnel section); application for death benefits under the retirement system; claim for unpaid compensation; claim for FEGLI death benefits.

If the postal employee had a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account, notify the Thrift Savings Plan Service Center, National Finance Center, P.O. Box 61500, New Orleans, LA 70161-1500 or call 877-968-3778.

If applicable, notify the postal employee’s postal labor union.

Notify banks and other financial institutions.

Call the local office of the Social Security Administration or toll-free 800-772-1213. More Social Security info…

Notify insurance companies (life, health, home, automobile, etc.).

Obtain enough certified death certificates for your needs.

When a Retired Postal Employee Dies

Notify U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Retirement Operations Center, Boyers, PA 16017, call toll-free 888-767-6738, or via Web, and provide: full name of deceased; date of birth; date of death; Social Security number; CSA claim number; and survivor’s name, address and relationship to the deceased. More info…

Return any uncashed annuity checks to the address on the accompanying Treasury Department envelope. If payments are being deposited directly to a bank or other financial institution, contact them with the retiree’s date of death and advise them to return any future payments to the Treasury Department.

If the retired employee had a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account, notify the Thrift Savings Plan Service Center, National Finance Center, P.O. Box 61500, New Orleans, LA 70161-1500 or call 877-968-3778.

If applicable, notify the postal employee’s postal labor union.

If a veteran, notify the Veterans’ Administration (VA) local office. VA burial and memorial benefits information…

Notify banks and other financial institutions.

Call the local office of the Social Security or toll-free 800-772-1213. Survivors Benefits Info (PDF)

Notify insurance companies (life, health, home, automobile, etc.).

To request a duplicate 1099R (Statement of Annuity Paid), call 888-767-6738.

Obtain enough certified death certificates for your needs.

More Info

SF-3114 – Applying for Death Benefits Under the Federal Employees Retirement System FERS (PDF)
SF-3104- Application for Death Benefits – FERS (PDF)

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