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Feds who took TSP withdrawals during shutdown locked out of contributing for next six months

During the 16-day government shutdown last month, more than 14,000 Thrift Savings Plan participants withdrew money from their accounts, the highest number of hardship withdrawals in a single month ever. This may have helped participants weather the financial uncertainty of the shutdown. But, under TSP rules, it also means they'll be unable to contribute to their 401(k)-style retirement accounts for the next six months. Now, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the TSP, is concerned that not all those participants will take the initiative to restart their contributions when the penalty period expires next spring.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , TSP , Workforce , government shutdown , Michael Kennedy , Renee Wilder , Kim Weaver , hardship withdrawals , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/25/2013, 03:26pm EST

Thousands of feds turned to TSP to weather shutdown

Hardship withdrawals shot up in the first few weeks of October and thousands more employees opted to shift their investments out of higher-risk areas and into the G Fund, TSP officials said at at the board's monthly meeting Monday. During the shutdown, some 8,200 participants requested hardship withdrawals, compared to 5,500 during the same period of time last year.

Tags: government shutdown , TSP , pay and benefits , Veronica Mance , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/28/2013, 05:17pm EDT

Learn more about your TSP

Greg Long, executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, and Kim Weaver, the TSP's director of External Affairs will answer your calls and emails about the TSP.
October 7, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , TSP , federal retirement , Kim Weaver , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , F Fund , G Fund , L Fund , S Fund , Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan , For Your Benefit

Monday - 10/07/2013, 07:43pm EDT
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TSP board OKs budget increase, laying groundwork for overhaul

Members of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board approved a nearly 18 percent increase in the agency's budget for the coming fiscal year that will help lay the groundwork for a wholesale overhaul of the TSP participant experience, board officials say. The single, new initiative included in the 2014 budget is the first in a series of steps built around redesigning the entire participant experience, the board's executive director, Greg Long told board members.

Tags: TSP , FRTIB , pay and benefits , Jack Moore

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:27pm EDT
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What do you want from your TSP plan? Board wants to know

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is setting the stage for a major new multiyear initiative to study the needs of Thrift Savings Plan participants and improve its services. The first step in the process will be determining benchmarks for how the board currently operates and communicates with participants, said Kim Weaver, the board's director of external affairs.

Tags: pay and benefits , TSP , FRTIB , Kim Weaver , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 06:29pm EDT
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TSP board quashes extra loan option for furloughed feds

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board says offering federal employees an extra loan option through their Thrift Savings Plans to cushion the impact of furloughs would require too much effort to implement and may not help the employees all that much. Several federal-employee unions have lobbied the board to add a second general purpose loan option to help cushion the blow of furloughs. But at a Employee Thrift Advisory Council meeting April 22, the board quashed the idea, citing the complexity surrounding the changes.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Kim Weaver , TSP , FRTIB , furloughs

Tuesday - 04/23/2013, 06:04pm EDT
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TSP examining why so many young workers stay in 'super safe' G Fund

While auto enrollment for new hires has increased participation in the Thrift Savings Plan over the last few years, a recent report suggests many of them are staying in the super-safe G Fund — instead of reallocating money into other funds.

Tags: Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , G Fund , L funds

Tuesday - 04/09/2013, 05:44pm EDT

Federal Drive Show Blog - April 5, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Deborah Jin , James Franklin

Friday - 04/05/2013, 02:19pm EDT

The TSP in 2013

Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan host a round table discussion of the Thrift Savings Plan and what's ahead for the TSP this year.
January 7, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Thrift Savings Plan , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , Kim Weaver , Laurissa Stokes , Roth TSP , G Fund , Bob Leins , Tammy Flanagan , For Your Benefit

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 12:22am EST
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Cyber attack against TSP contractor exposes thousands of accounts

A sophisticated cyber attack against the Thrift Savings Plan contractor responsible for maintaining the agency's data centers compromised the information of 123,000 TSP participants. However, there is no indication the data has been misused, according to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. There is also no indication that the TSP's network or its website were affected.

Tags: SERCO , cybersecurity , Technology , TSP , cyber attack , Jack Moore

Friday - 05/25/2012, 02:12pm EDT
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