President, Tony Pizza,
The August meeting had nice attendance, a few more members than July. We had chicken fried steak again, and it was even better than last month! Again, I encourage you to attend a meeting just to see if you like it. We may eventually have presentations, but even if not, the socializing is just as important. This month the menu is lasagna!
I am sometimes called by a survivor when a member dies asking how to report the death to OPM. Once reported, forms are sent to complete the process. If you havenít already done so, you should provide the necessary information to your prospective survivor before they need it. The NARFE form F-100 is an excellent way to record that information. Itís available at our web site, https://www.narfe.org/pdf/f-100.pdf .
To report, they can call the OPM Retirement Services toll free number 888-767-6738, 4:30 AM to 8:00 PM (PDT), but they have high volumes of calls and wait times can be very long. The best time to call is early in the morning. An easier way is on-line by going to www.servicesonline.opm.gov . If personally unable to do it, have a relative or friend help.
An OPM account is not required to report an annuitantís death, but his/her CSA and last four digits of their SS numbers are required, and other particulars (date of birth, death, etc).
If you do have an account, there are about a dozen other things you can do. For example, you can get your monthly annuity payment statement to verify your income, get your 1099-R tax form, change your federal and state income tax withholdings, change your mailing address.
To sign up, go to the Serviceonline link above, and under the list of thing to do, there is a link to get started. At the bottom of that page, you can request an account.
If you were ever 10 seconds late to the parking meterÖ, As the coffin was being lowered into the ground at a Traffic Meter Readerís funeral, a voice from inside screams: "I'm not dead, I'm not dead. Let me out!" The Funeral Director, with an evil smile, leans forward sucking air through his teeth and mutters: "Too late pal, I've already done the paperwork."