Q. I joined federal service in July 1985, at which time I was placed under FERS. Between July 1985 and January 1987, the official start-up date of FERS, I was not able to contribute to the TSP. Since January 1987 I have contributed the maximum 10 percent to TSP. As I get closer to retirement I’m curious if the government recognizes the lost opportunity of not being able to make TSP contributions between July 1985 and January 1987. Is there any way to make-up for lost TSP contributions and lost government matching?
Q. I am a full-time federal technician in the Air National Guard. I am 54 years old with 33-plus years of military time and 27-plus years as a federal technician (under FERS). I have recently been involuntarily separated from the Air National Guard. This means I am losing both my full-time technician position as well as my part-time military position. I understand that I will be able to draw my FERS retirement (based on my total federal time) along with the Federal Retirement Supplement. Based on my involuntary separation, am I able to start drawing from my TSP without penalty?
Q. How many years must one work to be entitled to matching funds for retirement? I am a FERS employee with 11 years of service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. I’ve been told one has to have a minimum of 20 years of service to receive matching funds from your TSP. Is this true?
Q. I will be 57 years old in August, and already have 32 years of service. I am a FERS employee. Do I have to be 59½ to get penalty-free withdrawal from TSP, or am I good at my minimum retirement age + 30 retirement?
Q. I am a FERS employee with 28 years in government service and about five years away from retirement. I evaluate my TSP portfolio allocation based on risk comfort, life expectancy, etc. in isolation from what I expect to receive from Social Security and my FERS pension. My allocation is roughly 60 percent stocks, 40 percent bonds (mostly G Fund). Recently, I have been told that because I will have a guaranteed income stream from my FERS pension, I can afford to take more risk in my TSP and I should move money from the G Fund to the stock side of the portfolio.…
Q. I retired with FERS at age 60 with 31 years at the U.S. Postal Service under the Social Security supplement. Can I delay my Social Security when my supplement ends and earn the 8 percent each year until I pick the year I want it to start? Is there a special day to apply that ensures that 8 percent is included in the year I apply?
Q. I will be 59 in October and retired last June from the federal government. I am thinking of starting an S corporation. My income limit is $16,900 under Social Security. If I pay myself less than the income limit, will my retirement benefits stay the same? Also, when I file my annual income tax, the profit from the S corporation will be listed; does this amount affect retirement payments?
A. I am a FERS employee at the Department of Defense (from my TSP, 25 percent is in the general fund and 75 percent goes to a Roth. I am told that when I leave service, I must terminate my TSP. This is distressing. Any advice?