If an employee or survivor has a Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Claim, does s/he have to obtain paper forms and mail the claim?

If a judiciary employee has died or been dismembered, or if an eligible member of an employee's family has died, please contact the Benefits and Retirement Counseling Services Branch in the Office of Human Resources at 202-502-3110. In the case of a deceased judge or his/her family member, the Judges Compensation and Retirement Services Office should be contacted at 202-502-1880. The Benefits Officer will assist you to ensure that procedures are completed expeditiously so that benefits may begin as soon as possible. The Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) may establish special procedures to respond to claims due to death or dismemberments during a disaster. OPM has developed special procedures to expedite claims due to a disaster or emergency situation. For example, the requirement for a death certificate may be waived for deaths in disaster or emergency situations. In lieu of a death certificate, OFEGLI may accept a written statement from the Administrative Office that the insured was in the area affected by the disaster when the death occurred, or, to the best of their knowledge, that the insured is missing and presumed (or confirmed) dead. Alternatively, OFEGLI may consider other available information, including newspaper accounts or information from other reliable sources (e.g., reliable sites on the Internet).