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Announcement of Upcoming Change to the Automatic Enrollment Percentage for Thrift Savings Plan Participants — UPDATE

This bulletin has been updated to include information about automatic re-enrollment.

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB), the agency that administers the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), will increase the automatic enrollment percentage from 3% to 5% of pay for all participants who are automatically enrolled in the TSP on or after October 1, 2020, and for Blended Retirement System (BRS) participants automatically re-enrolled in the TSP on or after January 1, 2021. The Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2009 grants us the authority for this change. This change will not affect the contribution rates in place for participants enrolled in the TSP prior to October 1, 2020, or BRS participants enrolled prior to October 1, 2020, who do not terminate their contributions.

This bulletin is to notify service payroll offices and HR personnel of this upcoming change so that services can take appropriate actions to ensure an efficient transition to the 5% automatic enrollment rate. We will issue a new bulletin formalizing the change after we publish the TSP regulations regarding the automatic enrollment percentage increase.