Government TSP

What is the Thrift Savings Plan?   

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees.  Congress established the TSP in the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986.  Currently the TSP has 3.4 million participants and holds more than 147 billion is assets.The purpose of the TSP is to provide retirement income.  

The TSP offers Federal  employees the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under "401(k)" plans.

The TSP is a defined contribution plan.  The retirement income that you receive from your TSP account will depend on how much you (and your agency, if you are a FERS employee) have contributed to your account during your working years and the earnings on those contributions.

As of Aug. 1 2010, all new civilian employees are enrolled automatically in the Thrift Savings Plan, the federal government's retirement program.

New hires automatically will be signed up to contribute 3 percent of basic pay to the G Fund unless they choose to terminate their contributions or change the amount. The G Fund is the lowest risk investment of the TSP options. These investments are made in government securities specially issued for the TSP, and investors face only the risk of inflation.

What Are The Contribution Limits? 

TSP participants have the Internal Revenue Service dollar limits on contributions which will be $18,000 in 2017. 

The limit on catch-up contributions for 2017 is $6,000. If you are at least age 50 (or will become age 50 during the calendar year) and if you have made or will make the maximum amount of employee contributions for the calendar year  ($18,000 in 2017), you may also make catch-up contributions to your TSP account.


Investment Options

A choice of 10 investment funds, four of which are index funds:

Government Securities Investment (G) Fund

 Fixed Income Index Investment (F) Fund

 Common Stock Index Investment (C) Fund

 Small Capitalization Stock Index Investment (S) Fund 

 International Stock Index Investment (I) Fund

Five new "Life-Cycle" funds have just been added.

These new ( L ) funds will feature different asset allocations and will have a target retirement date.  Each L fund will invest in existing TSP funds and, over time, shift from aggressive to conservative investments.






Frequently Asked TSP Questions

I've left Federal service, can I roll the TSP into an IRA or employer plan?

Yes. You will complete TSP-70 Request For Full Withdrawal.  Your spouse will be required to sign this document and your IRA provider or plan administrator will also need to sign this form.  Once the provider has signed the form- submit to the TSP Service Office