Plan News was updated on June 5, 2017.

Blended Retirement System (BRS) Resources Available — (June 2, 2017) Two new sources of information—a fact sheet and a video—about the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) are now available. The information is meant to help members of the uniformed services who will have fewer than 12 years of service on December 31, 2017 decide whether to opt into BRS or stay with their current system. See the fact sheet Questions and Answers about Opting into the Blended Retirement System (BRS) and the video “Opting into the Blended Retirement System (BRS).”

First quarter participant statements — (April 12, 2017) Your first quarter 2017 participant statement, covering the period from January 1 through March 31, 2017, is now available in My Account. To receive email updates when new participant statements are available, sign up at “Email Updates” (under Quick Links) on the home page.

Senators Introduce Legislation on TSP Withdrawal Options — (April 7, 2017) At the TSP’s request, Senators Rob Portman and Tom Carper introduced a bill, S. 873, which would eliminate current statutory restrictions on participants’ withdrawal options. The bill would eliminate the restriction that participants cannot take partial post-separation withdrawals if they’ve already taken an age-based in-service withdrawal. It would also permit multiple post-separation withdrawals. Additionally, the bill would allow multiple age-based withdrawals while a participant is still working. Participants would also be able to stop monthly payments and elect to purchase an annuity while receiving monthly payments.

G Fund and the debt limit — (March 16, 2017) As of today, March 16, 2017, the U.S. Treasury was unable to fully invest the Government Securities Investment (G) Fund due to the statutory ceiling on the federal debt. However, G Fund investors remain fully protected and G Fund earnings are fully guaranteed by the federal government. This statutory guarantee has effectively protected G Fund investors many times over the past 25 years. G Fund account balances will continue to accrue earnings and will be updated each business day, and loans and withdrawals will be unaffected.

Warning: Third-Party Mobile Applications — (November 1, 2016) There are a number of mobile applications that reference the Thrift Savings Plan and may prompt you for your TSP account credentials. These applications are NOT sponsored by the TSP. Providing your TSP account credentials to third-party applications may jeopardize the security of your account. The TSP cannot endorse any information or advice provided by third-party applications.

For more information on keeping your account safe, visit our online Security Center or contact the ThriftLine at 1-877-968-3778.

2017 Contribution Limits — (November 1, 2016) The Internal Revenue Code places specific limits on the amount that you can contribute to employer-sponsored plans like the TSP each year. Limits for 2017 are unchanged from 2016. To learn more, visit “Contribution Limits.”

The TSP is on Facebook — (September 5, 2016) You can find us at fb.com/tsp4gov. Like our page to stay engaged, keep up to date, and learn how to make the most of your TSP account. Don’t forget to share our posts with your federal friends and coworkers.

Tips for Protecting Your Account — (July 19, 2016) As a TSP participant, you should know how to protect your account against various types of fraud. For detailed tips about how you can help safeguard your savings, visit Plan Participation: Protect Your TSP Account.

Stick to Your Plan — (June 24, 2016) Significant movements can occur rapidly in the stock and bond markets. By the time you react to the situation, the market may be moving in the opposite direction, and you could miss out on significant gains. It's a good idea to periodically ask yourself whether your retirement portfolio properly reflects your willingness and ability to take risk. But if you are certain about the amount of risk you can tolerate, try not to let short-term market movements steer you off course. To learn more, visit Investment Strategy: Stick to Your Plan.