How Do You Check a Federal Retirement Pay Schedule?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 3, 2020 11:22:04 PM ET

To check a federal retirement annuity payment schedule, navigate to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website. Select Retirement from the main menu, and then click Annuity Payments. Scroll to the bottom of the Overview tab, and select Annuity Payment Schedule. The payment schedule is available for the current year, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

A table lists federal retirement annuity payment dates, and an accompanying column lists the last date to make any payments changes for each month. For example, Dec. 11, 2015, was the last day to make changes for the payment due on Jan. 2, 2016. If a retiree made a change after Dec. 11, 2015, the changes are effective from the Feb. 1, 2016, payment, explains the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website.

Each month’s retirement annuity payment takes place the following month. As of 2015, the payments take place on either the first or the second day of each month. Retirees can sign up to receive direct deposits of their retirement annuity payments in their bank accounts. Most banks may not process annuity payments scheduled on weekends and holidays, notes the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Retirees receive these payments on the following business day.