[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 118 (Monday, June 21, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35096-35098]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-14830]


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT


Federal Employees' Retirement System; Present Value Factors

AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is providing notice 
of adjusted present value factors applicable to retirees who elect to 
provide survivor annuity benefits to a spouse based on post-retirement 
marriage, and to retiring employees who elect the alternative form of 
annuity or elect to credit certain service with nonappropriated fund 
instrumentalities. This notice is necessary to conform the present 
value factors to changes in demographic factors adopted by the Board of 
Actuaries of the Civil Service Retirement System.

DATES: The revised present value factors apply to survivor reductions 
or employee annuities that commence on or after October 1, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Send requests for actuarial assumptions and data to the 
Board of Actuaries, care of Gregory Kissel, Actuary, Office of Planning 
and Policy Analysis, Office of Personnel Management, Room 4307, 1900 E 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20415.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristine Prentice, (202) 606-0299.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Several provisions of the Federal Employees' 
Retirement System (FERS) require

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reduction of annuities on an actuarial basis. Under each of these 
provisions, OPM is required to issue regulations on the method of 
determining the reduction to ensure that the present value of the 
reduced annuity plus a lump-sum equals, to the extent practicable, the 
present value of the unreduced benefit. The regulations for each of 
these benefits provide that OPM will publish a notice in the Federal 
Register whenever it changes the factors used to compute the present 
values of these benefits.
    Section 842.706(a) of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, 
prescribes the method for computing the reduction in the beginning rate 
of annuity payable to a retiree who elects an alternative form of 
annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8420a. That reduction is required to produce an 
annuity that is the actuarial equivalent of the annuity of a retiree 
who does not elect an alternative form of annuity. The present value 
factors listed below are used to compute the annuity reduction under 5 
CFR 842.706(a).
    Section 842.615 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, prescribes 
the use of these factors for computing the reduction required for 
certain elections to provide survivor annuity benefits based on a post-
retirement marriage or divorce under 5 U.S.C. 8416(b), 8416(c), or 
8417(b). Under section 11004 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 
of 1993, Public Law 103-66, 107 Stat. 312, effective October 1, 1993, 
OPM ceased collection of these survivor election deposits by means of 
either a lump-sum payment or installments. Instead, OPM is required to 
establish a permanent actuarial reduction in the annuity of the 
retiree. This means that OPM must take the amount of the deposit 
computed under the old law and translate it into a lifetime reduction 
in the retiree's benefit. The reduction is based on actuarial tables, 
similar to those used for alternative forms of annuity under section 
8420a of title 5, United States Code.
    Subpart F of part 847 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, 
prescribes the use of present value factors for computing the 
deficiency the retiree must pay to receive credit for certain service 
with nonappropriated fund instrumentalities made creditable by an 
election under section 1043 of Public Law 104-106, 110 Stat. 186.
    OPM published the present value factors currently in effect on June 
7, 2007, at 72 FR 31629. Elsewhere in today's Federal Register, OPM 
published a notice to revise the normal cost percentage under the 
Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS) Act of 1986, Public Law 99-
335, 100 Stat. 514, based on changed demographic factors adopted by the 
Board of Actuaries of the Civil Service Retirement System. Under 5 
U.S.C. 8461(i), those changes require corresponding changes in the 
present value factors used to produce actuarially equivalent benefits 
when required by the FERS Act. The revised factors will become 
effective on October 1, 2010, to correspond with the changes in FERS 
normal cost percentages. For alternative forms of annuity, the new 
factors will apply to annuities that commence on or after October 1, 
2010. See 5 CFR 842.706. For survivor election deposits, the new 
factors will apply to survivor reductions that commence on or after 
October 1, 2010. See 5 CFR 842.615(b). For obtaining credit for service 
with certain nonappropriated fund instrumentalities, the new factors 
will apply to cases in which the date of computation under 5 CFR 
847.603 is on or after October 1, 2010. See 5 CFR 847.602(c) and 
847.603.
    OPM is, therefore, revising the tables of present value factors to 
read as follows:

        Table I--FERS Present Value Factors for Ages 62 and Older
   [Applicable to annuity payable following an election under 5 U.S.C.
8416(b), 8416(c), 8417(b), or 8420a, or under section 1043 of Public Law
                                104-106]
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                                                           Present value
                           Age                                factor
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62......................................................          180.1
63......................................................          175.2
64......................................................          170.2
65......................................................          165.1
66......................................................          160.0
67......................................................          154.9
68......................................................          149.8
69......................................................          144.7
70......................................................          139.5
71......................................................          134.3
72......................................................          129.0
73......................................................          123.6
74......................................................          118.3
75......................................................          113.0
76......................................................          107.8
77......................................................          102.7
78......................................................           97.3
79......................................................           92.0
80......................................................           86.9
81......................................................           81.9
82......................................................           76.6
83......................................................           71.7
84......................................................           67.6
85......................................................           63.1
86......................................................           58.1
87......................................................           53.5
88......................................................           49.9
89......................................................           46.8
90......................................................           43.3
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      Table II.A--FERS Present Value Factors for Ages 40 Through 61
[Applicable to annuity payable when annuity is not increased by cost-of-
  living adjustments before age 62 following an election under 5 U.S.C.
 Sec.  Sec.  Sec.   8416(b), 8416(c), 8417(b), or Sec.   8420a, or under
                   section 1043 of Public Law 104-106]
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                                                           Present value
                           Age                                factor
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40......................................................          185.8
41......................................................          186.1
42......................................................          186.2
43......................................................          186.3
44......................................................          186.1
45......................................................          185.7
46......................................................          185.4
47......................................................          185.1
48......................................................          185.0
49......................................................          184.6
50......................................................          184.3
51......................................................          184.2
52......................................................          184.1
53......................................................          184.0
54......................................................          183.7
55......................................................          183.4
56......................................................          183.1
57......................................................          182.9
58......................................................          182.7
59......................................................          182.6
60......................................................          182.6
61......................................................          182.6
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      Table II.B--FERS Present Value Factors for Ages 40 Through 61
  [Applicable to annuity payable when annuity is increased by cost-of-
  living adjustments before age 62 following an election under 5 U.S.C.
  8416(b), 8416 (c), 8417(b), or 8420a, or under section 1043 of Public
                              Law 104-106]
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                                                           Present value
                           Age                                factor
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40......................................................          256.6
41......................................................          254.3
42......................................................          251.8
43......................................................          249.2
44......................................................          246.6
45......................................................          243.9
46......................................................          241.1
47......................................................          238.1
48......................................................          235.1
49......................................................          231.9
50......................................................          228.6
51......................................................          225.2
52......................................................          221.6
53......................................................          217.9
54......................................................          214.0
55......................................................          210.0
56......................................................          205.9
57......................................................          201.5
58......................................................          197.1
59......................................................          192.5
60......................................................          187.9
61......................................................          183.1
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 Table III--FERS Present Value Factors for Ages at Calculation Below 40
 [Applicable to annuity payable following an election under section 1043
                         of Public Law 104-106]
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                                                           Present value
                   Age at calculation                      of a monthly
                                                              annuity
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17......................................................          292.3
18......................................................          291.4
19......................................................          290.3
20......................................................          289.3
21......................................................          288.1
22......................................................          286.9
23......................................................          285.7
24......................................................          284.5
25......................................................          283.1
26......................................................          281.8
27......................................................          280.4
28......................................................          279.0
29......................................................          277.5
30......................................................          275.9
31......................................................          274.3
32......................................................          272.6
33......................................................          270.9
34......................................................          269.0
35......................................................          267.1
36......................................................          265.2
37......................................................          263.2
38......................................................          261.1
39......................................................          258.9
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U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
John Berry,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2010-14830 Filed 6-18-10; 8:45 am]
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