Death of an Employee
If you have made it to this page as the result of a death of a family member, coworker or subordinate, we first want to extend our sincerest condolences. We recognize that you are looking for information fast and easy and may want to get it yourself or just talk to someone. This site is designed to fulfill those expectations.
Information for Families
Death benefits or entitlements for the survivors or beneficiaries of a Federal employee depend on several factors, including the employee’s coverage in a Federal retirement plan (i.e., the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), CSRS Offset, or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)); the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program; the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program; the Thrift Savings Plan. The family will be provided guidance and information as they navigate this process. Note that forms need to be completed and documentation provided to file for benefits such as marriage, divorce certificates and minor children’s birth certificates. We recommend that you request 8-10 Death Certificate copies when working with your local officials as 1 separate copy is needed per program, such as death benefits, FEGLI, etc.
Step 1 – Contact FWS to Initiate Awareness with Supervisor & HR
- Contact the employee's Supervisor and Human Resources via FWS_employee_death_notification@fws.gov.
- HR Benefits Specialist & Representative from Employee’s Work Unit will call you and be assigned to assist you throughout this process.
Step 2 - Family Should Request the Following information from HR