5 CFR 839.102 - Definitions.

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§ 839.102 Definitions.
Agency means an executive agency as defined in section 105 of title 5, United States Code; a legislative branch agency; a judicial branch agency; and the U.S. Postal Service and Postal Rate Commission.
Agency automatic (1%) contributions means contributions made to a FERS participant's Thrift Savings Plan account by his or her employing agency under 5 U.S.C. 8432(c)(1) or (c)(3).
Agency matching contributions means contributions made to a FERS participant's Thrift Savings Plan account by his or her employing agency under 5 U.S.C. 8432(c)(2).
Annuitant means the same as Retiree.
Basic Employee Death Benefit or BEDB means the FERS survivor benefit payable as a lump sum or over 36 months, described in § 843.309 of this chapter.
Board means the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board established under 5 U.S.C. 8472.
CSRS means the Civil Service Retirement System, as described in subchapter III of chapter 83 of title 5, United States Code.
CSRS component means the part of a FERS retirement benefit that is computed under CSRS provisions (see § 846.304 of this chapter).
CSRS Offset means the Civil Service Retirement System Offset plan, which is for employees whose service is subject to CSRS deductions and Social Security taxes, as described in 5 U.S.C. 8349.
Employee means an employee or Member individual as defined in section 8331(1) and (2) or 8401(11) and (20) of title 5, United States Code. Employee includes an individual who has applied for retirement benefits, but not separated from service.
Employee retirement deductions means the amount that is deducted from basic pay under section 8334(a) of title 5, United States Code, for CSRS employees; or section 8334(k) of title 5, United States Code, for CSRS Offset employees; or the portion of the normal cost of FERS coverage that is deducted from an employee's basic pay under section 8422(a) of title 5, United States Code.
Employer means, with respect to an employee, that individual's employing agency.
Employer retirement contributions means the employer share of retirement contributions that are required payments to the Fund under sections 8334(a) and 8423(a) of title 5, United States Code.
Former spouse means a living person who was married to you for at least 9 months.
FERCCA means the Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act.
FERS means the Federal Employees' Retirement System, as described in chapter 84 of title 5, United States Code.
Fund means the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund described in section 8348 of title 5, United States Code.
Government contributions means agency automatic (1%) contributions and agency matching contributions.
Lost earnings means earnings that you would have received had your make-up contributions to the Thrift Savings Fund been made during the period of the error when they should have otherwise been made.
Make-up contributions means employee contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan that should have been deducted from a participant's basic pay earlier, but were not due to an employing agency error.
MSPB means the Merit Systems Protection Board described in chapter 12 of title 5, United States Code.
OPM means the Office of Personnel Management.
Present value factor has the same meaning as in § 831.2202 or § 842.702 of this chapter, as applicable.
Previously corrected means a retirement coverage error that has been properly corrected before March 19, 2001.
Qualifying court order has the same meaning as in § 846.702 of this chapter, referring to court orders that affect CSRS or FERS payments following a divorce or legal separation.
Qualifying retirement coverage error means an erroneous decision by an employee or agent of the Government as to whether Government service is CSRS covered, CSRS Offset covered, FERS covered, or Social Security-Only covered that remained in effect for at least 3 years of service after December 31, 1986.
Reemployed annuitant means a CSRS or FERS retiree who is reemployed under conditions that do not terminate the CSRS or FERS annuity. (See part 837 of this chapter for additional information on reemployed annuitants.)
Retiree means a former employee or Member who is receiving, or meets the statutory age and service requirements for, an annuity under either CSRS or FERS. This includes individuals who meet the statutory requirements for benefits and chose to postpone the beginning date of the annuity under § 842.204(c) or § 842.212(b)(1)(ii) of this chapter (pertaining to FERS MRA 10 and FERS deferred benefits). Retiree does not include a current spouse, former spouse, child, or person with an insurable interest receiving a survivor annuity. An individual who has left Federal service after completing 5 years of service but has not reached the age at which annuity payments may begin is considered a “separated employee” rather than a retiree.
Retirement coverage means participation in CSRS, CSRS Offset, FERS, or Social Security-Only. Retirement coverage is shown on the Notification of Personnel Action (Standard Form 50) or other similar record of personnel actions.
Retirement plan means the same as retirement coverage.
Separated employee means a former employee or Member who has separated from service and who has not met all the requirements for retirement under CSRS or FERS.
Social Security coverage means service as a Federal employee that is employment under section 210 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 410) and is subject to Social Security taxes.
Social Security-Only means coverage under Social Security without concurrent coverage under CSRS, CSRS Offset, or FERS.
Social Security taxes means the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance taxes imposed on employees under section 3101(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (31 U.S.C. 3101(a)) and on employers under section 3111(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (31 U.S.C. 3111(a)).
Survivor means a person entitled to benefits under chapter 83 or 84 of title 5, United States Code, based on the service of a deceased employee, separated employee, or retiree.
Thrift Savings Plan or TSP means the Federal Retirement Thrift Savings Plan established by the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986, Pub. L. 99-335, 100 Stat. 514, which has been codified, as amended, primarily at 5 U.S.C. 8351 and 8401-8479.

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