By Reg Jones
Q. Consider a retired federal employee who was married and has chosen a spouse survivor benefit at the time of retirement. If the spouse dies and the annuitant remarries:
1. Are further annuity reductions needed to cover the new spouse?
2. Is the nine-month waiting period still required?
3. If the original survivor benefit was less than full, can the benefit be increased (with increased annuity reduction)?
A. Yes to all three.
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