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Starting a TSP Account

The first contribution to the TSP establishes your account. If you are a FERS employee hired (or a FERS or CSRS employee rehired) after July 31, 2010, your agency has automatically enrolled you in the TSP, and 3% of your basic pay is deducted from your paycheck each pay period and deposited in your TSP account, unless you make a contribution election (page 3) to stop or change your contributions. If FERS, you also get contributions from your agency so that a total of 7% of basic pay goes into your TSP account each pay period. See “TSP Contributions” below.

If you are a FERS employee hired before August 1, 2010, you already have a TSP account with accruing Agency Automatic (1%) Contributions. You must make a contribution election (page 3) to start contributing your own money to your account and to receive Agency Matching Contributions. See “TSP Contributions” below.

If you are a CSRS employee or a member of the uniformed services, you can make a TSP contribution election (page 3) at any time through your agency or service to establish a TSP account. You do not receive agency contributions.

TSP Contributions

There are three sources of TSP contributions:

• Employee Contributions
• Agency Automatic (1%) Contributions
• Matching Contributions

For more on each type of contribution as well as more information on the TSP program, visit the TSP section.

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