Plan News was updated on February 18, 2020.

TSP.gov, the ThriftLine, and FRTIB.gov access — (February 18, 2020) Due to scheduled system maintenance, tsp.gov, the ThriftLine, and frtib.gov will be unavailable from 8:00 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, February 22, to 8:00 a.m. (ET) on Sunday, February 23. Thank you for your patience.

Requesting a color copy of your 2019 annual statement — (February 11, 2020) Due to a contractor error, you may have received a black and white version of your 2019 annual statement in the mail. If this is the case and you would like to view a color copy of your annual statement, you can either log in to My Account to view your statement online or call the ThriftLine and request to have a color copy mailed to you.

Annual participant statements are online and in the mail — (February 5, 2020) Your annual 2019 participant statement, covering the period from January 1 through December 31, 2019, is now available in My Account. You may notice that your 2019 annual statement looks slightly different than your previous annual statements. Fourth quarter (October – December) account information is now included on your annual statement. To receive e-mail updates when new participant statements are available, sign up at “Email Updates” (under Quick Links) on the home page.

IRS Form 1099-R — (January 29, 2020) The TSP has mailed IRS Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc., to participants who received a withdrawal up to December 27, 2019, and/or a taxable distribution of a loan up to December 31, 2019. Withdrawals processed on December 30 and 31 are taxable income for 2020. If you have not received Form 1099-R by mid-February, you can print a copy from My Account. Corrected Forms 1099-R will be issued late February/early March. If you are expecting a corrected Form 1099-R, you may wish to wait to file your taxes until you receive the form.

Fourth quarter account information — (January 23, 2020) From now on, you will be able to find your 4th quarter (October – December) TSP account information on your annual statement, which will be available the first week of February. In the 3rd quarter statements and in our recent e-newsletters, we notified participants that we will no longer provide a separate statement with 4th quarter account information.

President signs SECURE Act — (December 26, 2019) President Trump has signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act into law. We’re currently looking into how the SECURE Act might affect the TSP. We will update you as more details are finalized.

Two-step authentication enabled for logging into My Account — (December 23, 2019) All TSP participants now must have validated contact information and use two-step authentication to log into My Account.

Two-step authentication helps protect your account against fraud. This login process is more secure because it means that online access to your account requires something you know (your account number or username and password) and something you have (the one-time code you receive in your email or on your phone). Someone who tries to log into your account fraudulently won’t be able to gain access without the code.

If you’re having trouble logging in, you can read our tips and troubleshooting guide.

Board and ETAC Chairmen say “Let’s Keep a Fair Playing Field for TSP Investors” — (November 25, 2019) In a letter published today, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Chairman Michael Kennedy and Employee Thrift Advisory Council (ETAC) Chairman Clifford Dailing explain why the Board’s 2017 decision to transition to a new benchmark for the I Fund continues to be the right call. Read more here.

Investment benchmark update — (November 13, 2019) At its November meeting, Members of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board affirmed the 2017 decision to move to a new index for the International Fund (I Fund) for the Thrift Savings Plan. In coming to this decision, the Board noted that moving to the broader I Fund benchmark is in the best interest of participants and beneficiaries, a current best practice in the investment industry, and is widely recognized as a smart strategy in today’s market. The ten largest U.S. companies’ 401(k) plans all invest in emerging markets, as do the ten largest federal contractor plans and the six largest target date fund providers. In addition, the 20 largest defined benefit plans—all of which are for state government workers—invest in emerging markets. TSP participants can decide which TSP funds they want to invest in.

2020 Contribution limits — (November 7, 2019) The Internal Revenue Code places specific limits on the amount that you can contribute to employer-sponsored plans like the TSP each year. The limits for 2020 have been announced. To learn more, visit “Contribution Limits.”

New TSP Podcast — (September 26, 2019) We’re happy to announce our new podcast, The Real TSP! Hosted by TSP educators, each episode provides an in-depth look into your retirement investment plan and answers questions you care about the most. Whether you’re brand new to the government, well into your retirement years, or serving our country in the U.S. or abroad, this podcast has something for you. Find our podcasts at youtube.com/tsp4gov.

New withdrawal options now available — (September 15, 2019) We’re pleased to announce that all participants now have more options when seeking to withdraw retirement savings from their TSP accounts.

For a detailed summary of the new withdrawal options, read our updated fact sheet, Questions and Answers about Changes to TSP Withdrawal Options.

For information about in-service withdrawal options, visit the “In-Service Withdrawals” section of tsp.gov and download our updated booklet, In-Service Withdrawals.

For information about post-separation withdrawals, visit the “Withdrawals After Leaving Federal Service” section of tsp.gov and download our updated booklet Withdrawing from Your TSP Account.

To initiate a withdrawal request, you’ll use enhanced online tools in My Account. After you log in, select the “Withdrawals and Changes to Installment Payments” link from the Online Transactions menu.

Stick to Your Plan — (August 6, 2019) The stock and bond markets can change rapidly. 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. Remember that investing for retirement is for the long-term. Try not to let short-term market movements steer you off course. To learn more, visit Investment Strategy: Stick to Your Plan.

Loans during a lapse in appropriations — (February 15, 2019) As a result of the recent partial government shutdown, we made changes to provide assistance to affected TSP participants. In the event your agency is affected by a lapse in appropriations, read the fact sheet Frequently Asked Questions About TSP Loans During a Lapse in Appropriations for details on how to take a loan, what to do if a lapse in appropriations lasts long enough to affect your loan payments, and other questions you may have about taking or having a loan while you are on shutdown furlough. The fact sheet also explains what happens with your loan payments when a lapse in appropriations ends.