Uniformed Services Accounts and Death Benefits
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) proposes to make several changes to its death benefits regulations. In particular, it proposes to expand the requirements necessary in order for a designation of beneficiary form to be valid. This change would also allow participants holding both a uniformed services and civilian account to submit a single designation of beneficiary form which can be used to designate beneficiaries for both accounts. The Agency also proposes to amend its death benefit regulations to allow participants to designate a custodian under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act as a beneficiary, to permit the Agency to defer to State law when a potential beneficiary is implicated in the death of a participant and is subsequently found not guilty by reason of insanity, and to require a notary to witness disclaimers of death benefits.