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Federal Civilian Retirement

What's New

Summer 2024 - Making a virtual appointment is critical for Benefits Team!

As school year ends, Benefits teams shifts focus to processing retirement actions. 

Employees MUST schedule a consultation visit as Team may be unavailable to processing priorities. There is no onsite Benefits Specialist for HRO-ABQ, please DO NOT travel to ABQ office. 

Department Offers Monthly Financial Education Webinars!

June 2024 Financial Education Webinar: Pre-Retirement Planning for Federal Employees 

On June 12 at 12 p.m. ET, Department's Office of Human Capital's monthly financial education webinar  covers:   


  • States that don't tax federal pensions  
  • Jumpstart survivor benefits  
  • How to calculate Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)/Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension benefits  
  • Roth and catch-up Thrift Savings Plan  
  • Health insurance for your spouse and family  
  • Social Security windfall elimination, supplement and integration 


After you register in DOI Talent, be sure to finish your registration by filling out the Go To Webinar form.   

2024 TSP Webinars 
TSP has online training and webinars to assist employees to become better acquainted with TSP and its benefits. These are FREE webinars and can help employees better understand the TSP program and options. 

Please visit Awareness and Training | The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

Monthly Retirement Briefings -Suspended for Summer Months 2024

Sorry! Retirement Briefing are suspended during summer months as the team focuses on processing retirement actions. We will post the Fall 2024 schedule in July.

Retirement Briefing Flyer

Retirement Webinar Handout

Schedule for Monthly Retirement Briefing Schedule

2023/2024 Retirement Webinar Schedule

Federal Civilian Retirement

"To DREAM of retirement is good, to PLAN for retirement is better!"

If you want to schedule a consult, send an email to bie-benefits@bia.gov or contact your servicing Benefits Specialist. No walk-ins please, schedule an appointment! Most consultations are currently virtual, walk-in appointments are limited.

Want to retire? Don't know where to start? Contact your servicing Benefits Specialist. Click here for their contact information.

What are the Steps to Retire - Click here for short Information flyer! (UPDATED for 2024)


Employees who wish to have retirement estimates and/or counseling session are asked to download the form and complete the Retirement Estimate Request Form. When you have a complete your form, please follow the instruction on how to submit to the Bureau of Indian Education Human Resources Office. Each request requires time to research service history and complete calculations, we appreciate your patience!

Click here for Retirement Estimate Request form

 We recommend requesting an estimate first to verify eligibility, to determine possible monthly annuity, to discuss benefit options, and to clarify the process. 

Once you have a completed estimate available, schedule a consultation session with the servicing Benefits Specialist to review the estimate and learn about the retirement process. 

Refer to the instructions in your completed Estimate Packet on how to schedule a consultation and to know what documents to have available.

Employees who submit an Estimate requests less than 60 days before their target date will NOT receive the information in time to make an informed decision.

Don't wait to submit your estimate as although schools may be on break (Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter), the Benefit Specialists are receiving multiple request daily and process in the first come first served manner.

Remember: The estimates provided to employee are estimated amounts and are not intended to represent actual amounts. The Office of Personnel Management has sole authority and responsibility for adjudicating retirement claims.

A Retirement Application Packet may be included in the completed Estimate Packet sent to employees. 

Retirement Systems

Retirement System Review

Social Security

Social Security is part of the retirement plan for almost every American worker. It provides replacement income for qualified retirees and their families. Social Security replaces a percentage of your pre-retirement income based on their lifetime earnings. The portion of your pre-retirement wages that Social Security replaces is based on your highest 35 years of earnings and varies depending on how much you earn and when you choose to start benefits. For more information click here for Social Security Website

Office of Personnel Management

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the Federal Agency that completes retirements for Federal Employees, and becomes the servicing agency for employees once they retire. For more information click here for OPM's Retirement Website

Automated Systems Access

FHR Navigator: https://app.fedhrnavigator.com/frbweb/logon.do?operation=index&client=BIA

  • Employees must have an active PIV/CAC card to access FHR Navigator.

Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF): https://eopf.opm.gov/doi/

  • Employees must have an active PIV/CAC card to access your eOPF.

Employee Express: https://www.employeeexpress.gov/

Retirement Forms

What forms do I submit to apply for Retirement?

For FERS employees - SF-3107, Application for Immediate Retirement

For CSRS/CSRS Offset employees - SF-2801, Application for Immediate Retirement

If have FEGLI, don't forget SF-2818- Continuation of Life Insurance Coverage

If changing Federal tax withholding or electing no Federal taxes withheld, don't forget W4P.

For disability retirement applicants - SF-3112, Documentation in Support of Disability Retirement Application

Bureau of Indian Education Benefit Specialist's contact information

VACANT - please check in with Stephanie Blanken

Office Phone: 505-563-5451

Email: pending

Service Area: BIE Headquarters, SIPI, and schools located in NM and UT. Plus locations under AZ Navajo North

Stephanie Blanken

Office Phone:  (785) 830-2731

Email: stephanie.blanken@bie.edu

Services Area: BIE Headquarters, HINU, and Schools located in CA, OK, SD, ND, OR, MT and WY. Plus locations under AZ Navajo South and AZ Navajo Central with Havasupai

Federal Civilian Retirement Annuitants (Former Employees, Current Annuitants)

Remember your new servicing HR Office as retiree/annuitant is the Office of Personnel Management located in Boyers, PA. BIE cannot provide award or verification of annuity letters.

  • Can Contact OPM at 1-888-767-6738 (or 1-800-878-5707 for a TDD for the hearing impaired). Annuitants in the Washington DC local calling area should dial 202-606-0551 for a TDD for the hearing impaired.
  • You will need your CSA #
  • OR you can use OPM's Services Online portal

Office of Personnel Management
Retirement Operations Center
P.O. Box 45
Boyers, PA 16017-0045


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