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  • Starting in January 2021, we’re making the process easier for participants. If you’re turning 50 or older and are eligible for catch-up, you’ll no longer need to make separate catch-up elections to your TSP account. To learn how to make these contributions next year, visit Catch-up contributions.

Entering a nonpay status

What is nonpay status?

Nonpay status is when active federal government employees, including the uniformed services, do not receive regular pay for one or more pay periods because of furlough, suspension, or leave without pay (including leave to perform military duty).

Here are some things you can expect while you’re in nonpay status:

What stays the same?

What changes?

While you are in nonpay status:

What are the effects of nonpay status on my contributions and loans?

For in-depth information on short-term and long-term effects of a government shutdown or furlough, read our fact sheets Sequestration and Your TSP Account and Effect of non-pay Status on Your TSP Account.