Q. I retired in 2011 under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA). I had 25 years of service and was 53 years old. I worked in the U.S. Postal Service’s sales and business development department. I was in an acting level 21 position at $83,000 a year. My normal level was 19 with $72,000 a year. It has been 5½ years. I am 59 and have been getting the supplement with my pension for 3 years. If I went back to my level 19 position at $72,000, what happens to my TSP?
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Q. I am a current employee with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security) with 13 years of service. I am considering transitioning to a part-time (20 hours) position with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Will I still be able to contribute to TSP? Can I contribute the maximum? Are there matching funds when you work part time? How will my part-time service reduce my retirement calculation? I am trying to gain more work-life balance and want to understand the financial ramifications before I make any decisions.
Q. I am currently investing in the TSP L Fund 2020 but still have money I previously invested sitting in C, F and G funds. Should I be transferring the individual funds into my current L Fund 2020 where I am now allocating 100 percent of my funds?
Q. My wife and I are both 36-year-old federal employees. We both contribute the max contribution to our TSP accounts — $18,000. Additionally, we each invest $5,500 in separate Roth IRA life cycle mutual funds through USAA. Combined, we have about $600,000 in our TSP accounts and about $100,000 in our IRA accounts. We live a rather frugal life, and started investing later in life due to grad school, so we are looking for ideas on additional avenues of investment when all other tax advantaged investment vehicles are maxed out. Do you have any advice for our situation?
Q. I am retiring in 15 months with 34 years of service at age 56. I am downsizing my house for a lower house note. I have enough in my TSP to purchase a home. Is this a good idea? The note on the house would be equal to what I would receive from my TSP. I will still have my FERS supplement and my FERS.
Q. Retirees who remain in the TSP cannot make contributions into the various funds, but they can make interfund transfers (IFT) and redistribute their money into different funds. Are retirees subject to the same TSP rule that no more than two IFTs can be done per month, or are retirees subject to a different rule regarding the number of times they can make such transfers?
Q. I want to make my overall TSP more conservative. I am 56, and my TSP is very substantial (20 years’ worth of maxed-out contributions) and so are my other retirement assets. I am not feeling very risk tolerant. Currently I have 85 percent of my TSP in L2030. The other 15 percent is my last 3½ years of contributions (with catch-up) that I put in a 70/15/15 mix of C/S/I. I was thinking of moving the last 15 percent to L2030, or even moving that 15 percent into G or F/G. There was a period in the past 3½ years when I was…
Q. I’m retiring at the end of May 2017 with 25 years of civil service under FERS. I’m considering maximizing my TSP contribution (15 percent equaling $18,000) and TSP-C contribution ($6,000) in 11 pay periods before retirement. What will be the amount of government matching?
Q. I am a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations in New York. If I were to retire at the end of March (due to reaching my maximum retirement age of 57 years old), would I receive a full agency match to my TSP if I were to maximize my contributions in the three short months? In other words, if I maximized my TSP contributions from January to March and put in the full $24,000 (with catch-up contributions), would my agency match be fully funded (which usually amounts to about $7,500 or so per year)?
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