The U.S. Embassy in Panama has made the following announcement to all the senior citizens that live here. If you live in Panama and receive benefits from the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as a widow or widower, and are age 55 or under, and you have not yet returned your Marital Survey Form, please do so now. If you have not received the forms, visit the Federal Benefits Unit at the U.S. Embassy as soon as possible to avoid suspension of your benefits.
The survey form needs to be completed and returned to them as soon as possible to avoid the suspension of benefits.
OPM forwarded over 120 marital survey forms for widows and widowers residing in Panama that were returned to OPM after not being picked up by beneficiaries at the post office. The survey form needs to be completed and returned to them as soon as possible to avoid the suspension of benefits.
The week of November 18, 2013, Retirement Eligibility and Services mailed 13,213 Marital Surveys to widows and widowers that currently receive a benefit from a deceased federal employee. The Civil Service Retirement law establishes that surviving spouses are not permitted to remarry prior to age 55 (unless they were married to the deceased for at least 30 years prior to his or her death) and continue to receive benefits. The Marital Survey is sent out in response to this law. This year’s survey requires a response from all survivors receiving a benefit. The form must be signed and dated. A daytime telephone number is required. For more information visit. http://panama.usembassy.gov