Does FECA provide survivor benefits?
Yes, so long as certain conditions are met.

If no children are eligible, a deceased worker’s surviving spouse would receive 50 percent of the employee’s salary. If there are children, a surviving spouse would receive 45 percent of the worker’s salary, plus an additional 15 percent for each child up to a total of 75 percent of salary. If there is no surviving spouse, FECA compensation for the first child is 40 percent of the employee’s salary and each additional child is entitled to 15 percent of the employee’s salary, up to a maximum of 75 percent, payable on a share and share alike basis.

Compensation to an employee’s surviving spouse ends upon his or her death or upon remarriage before age 55. Awards to children end at the age of 18, unless the dependent is incapable of self-support, or continues to be a full-time student at an accredited institution, until he or she reaches the age of 23, or has completed four years of education beyond the high school level.

In rare instances, others who were dependent on the beneficiary may be entitled to a portion of survivor benefits.

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