Identification Number:
RS 00605 TN 78
Intended Audience:See Transmittal Sheet
Originating Office:ORDP OISP
Title:Initial Computation of the PIA - Recomputations and Recalculations
Type:POMS Transmittals
Program:All Programs
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PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEM
Part RS – Retirement and Survivors Insurance
Chapter 006 – Determination of PIAs and Benefit Amounts
Subchapter 05 – Initial Computation of the PIA - Recomputations and Recalculations
Transmittal No. 78, 12/07/2020

Audience

FO/TSC: CS, CS TII, CSR, CTE, DRT, DT, FR, OA, OS, RR, TA, TSC-CSR;
PSC: BA, CA, CCRE, CS, DE, DS, DT, IES, PETE, RECONR, RECOVR, SCPS, TSA, TST;
OCO-OEIO: BIES, BTE, CR, CTE, FCR, PETL, RECONR;
OCO-ODO: BTE, CR, CST, CTE, CTE TE, PETE, PETL;

Originating Component

OISP

Effective Date

Upon Receipt

Background

This transmittal does not introduce or change policy. We revised these sections to improve the readability and to update and improve procedural instructions for pension development to ensure timely and accurate application of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

 

Summary of Changes

RS 00605.367 Chart on WEP Development

We changed the title of the Section.

Subsection A:

  • We expanded the subsection to provide more details about the purpose for the Step-Action chart.

  • We added a note as a reminder to consider the Government Pension Offset provisions for the same pension.

  • We updated, corrected coding instructions, and reordered some questions and actions in the chart for better flow.

Subsection B:

  • We consolidated instructions from Subsection A for consistency.

  • We consolidated instructions from Subsection C for better flow.

Subsection C:

  • We added references.

 

RS 00605.374 WEP Coding and Post-Entitlement Alerts

We changed the title of the Section.

Subsection A:

  • We updated the subsection and moved procedural instructions to other subsections.

Subsection B:

  • We removed the chart for manual coding for WEP exemptions to the MBR, as instructions for manual coding are available at SM 00842.028.

  • We expanded instructions for OPM alerts for both initial claims and postentitlement events.

Subsection C:

  • We updated references.

RS 00605.367 Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) Development

A. Determine if WEP applies

Use the step-action chart below to determine if WEP applies when the claimant is filing for a retirement or disability benefit, and is entitled to a pension based in whole or in part on non-covered employment after 1956.

For information about pensions based solely on domestic or foreign employment prior to 1957, see RS 00605.362B.

If the worker is entitled to spouse's or survivor's benefits on another social security number, Government Pension Offset (GPO) may apply. For more information about GPO, see GN 02608.100.

Step Action
  1. 1. 

Is the claimant first eligible for a Social Security retirement or disability benefit after 1985?

For additional pre-1986 eligibility requirements for disability benefits, see RS 00605.360D.

  • If Yes, go to Step 2.

  • If No, do not continue with steps. WEP is only applicable when eligibility to Social Security retirement or disability benefits is after 1985.

2.

Is the claimant first eligible for a retirement or disability pension before 1986, per RS 00605.360C?

  • If Yes, WEP does not apply. Enter WEP exclusion 2 in the Windfall Elimination Exclusion (WEPX) screen. For information about the WEPX screen, see MS 02004.002. To develop options for early-out or discontinued service prior to 1986, see RS 00605.362C.

  • If no, go to Step 3.

3.

Does the claimant have 30 years of coverage (YOC), per RS 00605.362A?

  • If Yes, WEP does not apply. Enter WEP exclusion 1 in the WEPX screen.

  • If no, go to Step 4.

4.

Did the claimant have a prior period of disability as described in RS 00605.360D.3?

  • If Yes, WEP does not apply. Enter WEP exclusion 9 in WEPX screen and specify "Prior period of DIB eligibility before 1986."

  • If No, go to Step 5.

5.

Is the claimant entitled to a pension from a non-profit organization, per RS 00605.362B.2?

  • If Yes, WEP does not apply. Enter WEP exclusion 4 in WEPX screen.

  • If No, go to Step 6.

6.

Is the claimant entitled to a pension based on earnings under the Railroad Retirement Act, per RS 00605.362B.3?

  • If Yes, WEP does not apply. Enter WEP exclusion 8 in WEPX screen.

  • If No, go to Step 7.

7.

Is the claimant entitled to a pension based on military service, per RS 00605.383B?

  • If Yes, WEP does not apply. Enter WEP exclusion 6 in WEPX screen.

  • If No, go to Step 8.

8.

Does the claimant meet the criteria based on a totalization agreement, see RS 00605.386B?

  • If Yes, WEP does not apply. Enter WEP exclusion 7 in WEPX screen. When the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) is established, add a special message to the beneficiary's MBR via Miscellaneous Online Edited Transactions (MONET). The special message should read "Totalization Agreement." For information about the Special Message data on the MBR, see MS 06307.008.

  • If No, go to RS 00605.367B.

B. Determine how to apply WEP

Use the step-action chart below to determine how to apply WEP.

Step Action
  1. 1. 

Is the claimant entitled to the pension at the time of filing for Social Security?
2. Does the claimant have between 21-29 YOCs?
  • If Yes, replace the first factor per RS 00605.362A.2. and go to Step 3.

  • If No, go to Step 3.

3. Is the claimant receiving the pension in other than a monthly amount?
  • If Yes, develop per RS 00605.364C. and go to Step 4.

  • If No, go to Step 4.

4. Does the WEP guarantee apply, per RS 00605.370?
  • If Yes, verify the pension amount per RS 00605.366C.

  • If No, accept the claimant’s allegation regarding the pension amount and document the file, per RS 00605.366C.

 

C. References

  • RS 00605.364 Determining Pension Applicability, Eligibility Date, and Monthly Amount

  • RS 00605.372 Special Situations Applied to WEP

  • RS 00605.380 National Guard Civilian Pensions for Dual Status Technicians: Petersen Court Case

RS 00605.374 OPM and SSA Computer Match Alerts

A. Background

The Social Security Administration (SSA) receives federal civil service pension payment data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) based on a person's Federal Government employment through a computer matching agreement.

The first OPM match for Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) purposes included all pension entitlements beginning with January 1986.

Each month OPM provides SSA with payment information for civil service annuitants.

B. OPM alerts

1. Initial claims

Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) federal pension data displays on the Civil Service Data (DCSD) screen in the Modernized Claims System (MCS) Earnings Computation (EC) screens when a claimant files an application for retirement or disability benefits.

This information is sufficient for proof of the pension.

For additional information about proof of a federal pension, see RS 00605.366D.

2. Post entitlement

Each month SSA matches OPM data against the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) for current beneficiaries. If the Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) Primary Insurance Amount Factor Code (PIFC) of "5" or "V" (WEP PIA) is not present on the MBR and WEP could apply based on the beneficiary date of birth and date of entitlement, an alert generates to the Program Service Center (PSC).

PSC actions:

  • Review the alert. To interpret alert data, see glossary of acronyms at RS 00601.002.

  • Send the required advance notice before you take action based on information produced by a computer match, see NL 00703.150.

  • Obtain Form SSA-150 (Modified Benefit Formula Questionnaire).

  • Develop pension following instructions in RS 00605.366B.

  • If an exemption or a PIA recomputation applies, document and process in the Change in PIA (CIP) web-based application, see MS INTRANETCIP 001.001.

NOTE: OPM formerly used an indicator to show whether the date of entitlement (DOE) was accurate. That code is no longer used. Develop all dates of entitlement if the beneficiary disagrees with DOE on record.

C. References

  • GN 04030.100 Reopening When Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) is Involved

  • RS 00605.362 Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) Exceptions

  • RS 00605.366 Pension Development


RS 00605 TN 78 - Initial Computation of the PIA - Recomputations and Recalculations - 12/07/2020