TN 17 (07-96)

GN 02608.700 Exclusion of Military Reserve Pensions from the GPO Provision

Citations:

Social Security Act as amended in 1994, Sec. 209; P.L. 103-296.

A. POLICY

The GPO no longer applies to spousal benefits for those persons who receive a pension based in whole, or in part, on noncovered military reserve service.

This provision applies to new claims filed with benefits payable effective January 1995 and to beneficiaries currently in GPO as of January 1995.

NOTE: There is no time limit to remove the GPO.

B. PROCEDURE

 

1. New Claims

For new claims (including advance filed claims), the FO should:

  1. Determine (during the interview) that the pension is based on military reserve service.

  2. Answer question (16-M) on the ADDB screen “NO”.

  3. Document the RMKS in the application screen path “claimant exempt from GPO - receives military reserve pension.”

  4. Obtain a statement from the employer (or pension paying agency) or a pay stub showing the pension is based on military reserve duty.

2. Postentitlement Cases

For postentitlement cases:

  1. The FO should:

    • Follow evidence requirements in GN 02608.300.

    • Send all documentation to the PC and annotate on the routing slip that “GPO does not apply - receives military reserve pension.”

  2. The PC should:

    • Remove the GPO and adjust the benefit.

    • Send a notice that the benefit has been adjusted (include additional paragraphs as necessary)


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http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0202608700
GN 02608.700 - Exclusion of Military Reserve Pensions from the GPO Provision - 05/04/2012
Batch run: 05/04/2012
Rev:05/04/2012