5 CFR 841.204 - Deemed application to protect survivors.
(a) A former employee is deemed to have filed an application for annuity if the former employee -
(1) Was not reemployed in a position subject to FERS under subpart A of part 842 of this chapter on the date of death;
(2) Dies after separation from Federal service but before actually filing an application for benefits; and
(3) At the time of separation from Federal service, was eligible for an immediate annuity under § 842.204(a)(1) and was eligible to elect to postpone the commencing date of that annuity under § 842.204(c) of this chapter.
(b) For the purpose of determining entitlement to a survivor annuity, a former employee who is deemed to have filed an application under paragraph (a) of this section is considered to have died as a retiree.
(c) For purposes of determining the amount of a survivor annuity, the annuity of a former employee who, under paragraph (a) of this section, is deemed to have filed an application is computed as though the commencing date were the first day of the month after the former employee's death.