Chapter 7: Section 7

The provisions of law that govern CSRS benefits are in 5 U.S.C. 8341, 8342, 8345 and 8346. The law governing FERS benefits is in 5 U.S.C. 8401, 8424, 8445, 8467 and 8470. Regulations covering both are at 5 CFR 838. The law on continuing FEHB coverage for former spouses is in 5 U.S.C. 8901 and 8905. Regulations are at 5 CFR 890 subpart H.

Assignments of FEGLI coverage are authorized by 5 U.S.C. 8706. Regulations are at 5 CFR 870 subpart I. Regulations on garnishment are at 5 CFR 581-582.

The OPM Handbook for Attorneys on Court Ordered Retirement, Health Benefits, and Life Insurance is at OPM’s booklet Court-Ordered Benefits for Former Spouses is at

The Thrift Savings Plan’s policies governing court orders are at 5 U.S.C. 8435(c) and 8467, and 5 CFR 1653 subpart A. Policies governing legal processes are at 5 U.S.C. 8437(e)(3) and 5 CFR 1653 subpart B. The booklet Court Orders and Powers of Attorney contains a sample legal process and other information, and the legal document Court Order Language contains a sample retirement benefits court order. These are available at, through personnel offices, and through the TSP, P.O. Box 385021, Birmingham, AL 35238, phone from the United States and its territories and possessions and from Canada, (877) 968-3778, TDD (877) 847-4385; other callers (404) 233-4400.

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