During the initial claim process, the NH is asked if he or she receives or will receive
a pension based on non-covered earnings. SSA receives federal pension data from OPM
that is accessed when an initial claim is filed. If the WEP is considered but not
applied, or WEP is applicable, the information is coded on the MBR. If this data is
not coded in the initial claims process, a post-entitlement matching operation has
been developed. It will detect omissions about a federal pension during a computer-matching
program with OPM. This process compares MBR and OPM data and alerts those cases where
a WEP PIA (PIFC “5” or “V”) is not present and WEP could apply based on date of birth and entitlement.
The first OPM-WEP match included all entitlements beginning with 1/86. Subsequent
matches are used to detect new cases. An alert is generated to the processing center
for review of the federal pension.