Truly good news: OPM no longer paying dead federal retirees

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said his staff is putting a stop to $487 million of the $601 million improperly paid in the past five years to dead federal annuitants, and he is pledging to quickly chase down the rest of the money.

“We’re hard at work on it,” Berry said in an interview. “It does require a vigorous effort.”

A report released last week by the agency’s inspector general revealed that the OPM improperly distributed $100 million to $150 million in pensions and annuities in each of the past five years to families of federal employees who had died.