It is important to act on death information as quickly as possible. The death of a
beneficiary abroad requires special handling to avoid sending erroneous payments after
death. Because of systems limitations, death termination is not automatically applied
to the record of a beneficiary residing abroad if there is any other beneficiary on the record that has not been terminated. This is true for the
wage earner, as well as for any auxiliaries or survivors.
Therefore, if there is another non-terminated beneficiary on the record, the record
of a foreign resident beneficiary is not automatically terminated for death because of:
a payment returned for reason of death (whether issued by check or direct deposit),
a death input through postentitlement screens other than MADCAP.
Under these circumstances, these actions cause an alert to Office of Earnings and
International Operations (OEIO), but payments continue. OEIO must make a MADCAP input to terminate the record and stop the payments.
Juan Beneficiario who lives in Spain dies. Even though the FBU makes a death input,
payments will continue to be issued to him, and his widow will continue to receive
payments only as a “B,” until OEIO makes a MADCAP input to terminate his record for death, convert the “B” to “D,” and pay the lump sum death benefit (LSDP).
Otto Beneficiary and his wife Anna, living in Germany, are receiving benefits on his
account. Anna dies, and the FBU makes a death input. However, even though no LSDP
is payable and her death will not change his benefit amount, her benefits continue
until OEIO makes a MADCAP death input.