[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 107 (Friday, June 3, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32241-32242]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-13708]


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT


Civil Service 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 under the 
Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) 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, owe 
certain redeposits based on refunds of contributions for service before 
March 1, 1991, or elect to credit certain service with nonappropriated 
fund instrumentalities. This notice is necessary to conform the present 
value factors to changes in the economic assumptions adopted by the 
Board of Actuaries of the Civil Service Retirement System.

DATES: Effective Date: The revised present value factors apply to 
survivor reductions or employee annuities that commence on or after 
October 1, 2011.

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 CSRS require 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 831.2205(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. 8343a. 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 
section 831.2205(a) of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations.
    Section 831.303(c) of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, 
prescribes the use of these factors for computing the reduction to 
complete payment of certain redeposits of refunded deductions based on 
periods of service that ended before March 1, 1991, under section 
8334(d)(2) of title 5, United

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States Code; section 1902 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2010, Public Law 111-84.
    Section 831.663 of Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, prescribes 
the use of similar factors for computing the reduction required for 
certain elections to provide survivor annuity benefits based on a post-
retirement marriage under section 8339(j)(5)(C) or (k)(2) of title 5, 
United States Code. Under section 11004 of the Omnibus Budget 
Reconciliation Act of 1993, Public Law 103-66, 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 
8343a of title 5, United States Code.
    Subpart F of part 847 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, 
prescribes the use of similar 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.
    The present value factors currently in effect were published by OPM 
(75 FR 35093) on June 21, 2010. 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, based on changed economic assumptions adopted by the Board of 
Actuaries of the CSRS. Those changes require corresponding changes in 
CSRS normal costs and present value factors used to produce actuarially 
equivalent benefits when required by the Civil Service Retirement Act. 
The revised factors will become effective on October 1, 2011, to 
correspond with the changes in CSRS normal cost percentages. For 
alternative forms of annuity and redeposits of employee contributions, 
the new factors will apply to annuities that commence on or after 
October 1, 2011. See 5 CFR 831.2205 and 831.303(c). For survivor 
election deposits, the new factors will apply to survivor reductions 
that commence on or after October 1, 2010. See 5 CFR 831.663(c) and 
(d). For obtaining credit for service with certain nonappropriated fund 
instrumentalities, the new factors will apply to cases in which the 
date of computation under section 847.603 of title 5, Code of Federal 
Regulations, is on or after October 1, 2011. See 5 CFR 847.602(c) and 
847.603.
    OPM is, therefore, revising the tables of present value factors to 
read as follows:

  CSRS Present Value Factors Applicable to Annuity Payable Following an
   Election Under Section 8339(j) or (k) or Section 8343a of Title 5,
   United States Code, or Under Section 1043 of Public Law 104-106 or
Following a Redeposit Under Section 8334(d)(2) of Title 5, United States
                                  Code
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                                                          Present  value
                           Age                                 factor
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40......................................................           288.1
41......................................................           285.0
42......................................................           281.9
43......................................................           278.6
44......................................................           275.1
45......................................................           271.6
46......................................................           267.9
47......................................................           264.2
48......................................................           260.3
49......................................................           256.8
50......................................................           253.1
51......................................................           248.9
52......................................................           244.7
53......................................................           240.3
54......................................................           235.5
55......................................................           230.7
56......................................................           225.7
57......................................................           220.4
58......................................................           215.2
59......................................................           209.9
60......................................................           204.6
61......................................................           199.0
62......................................................           193.3
63......................................................           187.7
64......................................................           182.0
65......................................................           176.2
66......................................................           170.5
67......................................................           164.6
68......................................................           158.9
69......................................................           153.2
70......................................................           147.5
71......................................................           141.7
72......................................................           135.7
73......................................................           129.9
74......................................................           124.0
75......................................................           118.1
76......................................................           112.2
77......................................................           106.6
78......................................................           101.2
79......................................................            95.9
80......................................................            89.9
81......................................................            84.2
82......................................................            79.2
83......................................................            74.4
84......................................................            69.7
85......................................................            64.8
86......................................................            60.3
87......................................................            56.1
88......................................................            51.8
89......................................................            47.6
90......................................................            44.3
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  CSRS Present Value Factors Applicable to Annuity Payable Following an
     Election Under Section 1043 of Public Law 104-106 (For Ages at
                          Calculation Below 40)
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                                                          Present  value
                   Age at calculation                      of a  monthly
                                                              annuity
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17......................................................           339.0
18......................................................           337.5
19......................................................           335.9
20......................................................           334.2
21......................................................           332.5
22......................................................           330.8
23......................................................           329.0
24......................................................           327.1
25......................................................           325.2
26......................................................           323.2
27......................................................           321.1
28......................................................           319.0
29......................................................           316.9
30......................................................           314.6
31......................................................           312.4
32......................................................           310.0
33......................................................           307.6
34......................................................           305.0
35......................................................           302.4
36......................................................           299.8
37......................................................           297.0
38......................................................           294.2
39......................................................           291.2
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U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
John Berry,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2011-13708 Filed 6-2-11; 8:45 am]
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