Q. I am a retired federal employee, receiving my annuity, with a balance still in my TSP account. I am a full-time professor at a university with a Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America contributory plan, in which I am enrolled. I have reached 70 1/2 years of age. TIAA has indicated that if I rollover my TSP into my TIAA retirement account, that I will not have to make required minimum distribution withdrawals from the TSP funds until I stop working. Is this correct? If so, is there a specific IRS regulation that relates to such a transfer…

Q. I entered federal government December 1980. Left federal government November 1998. Having 18.5 years total career tenure. Entered D.C. government June 2012 age 58. Now age 63 – five years of D.C. government. As far as retirement goes, given the facts, is my prior federal time with current D.C. government considered for retirement? If so how? If not, please explain. I need to know my options at retirement – what will my ending annuitant look like? Will the D.C. retirement office process my retirement along with the Office of Personnel Management? I withdrew from my TSP I believe $25,000.…

Q. I am 38 years old with 15 years of government service as a GS-14. I hope to work no more than 20-22 more years, assuming age 60 will give me the maximum benefit. My TSP allocations are where my concerns lie. I am blindly diversifying my account as follows: G Fund at 10 percent; F Fund at 0 percent; C Fund at 50 percent; S Fund at 30 percent; I Fund at 10 percent. I have no allocations in the L Fund. I am contemplating having future earnings go into the L2040 fund. Would you recommend this, and how much…

Q. My wife is a carrier in the U.S. Postal Service. We’ve been married more than 30 years, and she’s been enrolled in medical for more than five years. I’d like to go on her medical when I retire. I’ve been told that in order to do that and retain medical and if she were to pass away before me, she would need to select survivor benefits on her retirement. We’d actually prefer not to do that, as I wouldn’t need the survivor annuity benefits. Does she have to have survivor benefits for me to use the medical benefit? Does…

Q. I retire in a year with 37 civilian years total. I also will retire from the Reserves. I will be 56 and will start to draw my civ TSP in monthly payments. Does it make sense to combine my civ and mil TSP? Would it make more sense to draw my civ TSP and leave the mil TSP alone, just in case I needed to take a lump sum for an emergency?

Q. It is often emphasized how important asset allocation is to the success of one’s portfolio, saving or retirement plan; and you emphasize in your “Retirement University” presentations the importance of having an asset allocation on the “efficient frontier.” Are calculators or programs available that allow do-it-yourselfers to determine a risk efficient asset allocation for their portfolio? Do you think the asset allocations in the TSP’s L Funds (i.e., L Income to L 2050) are on the efficient frontier for their level of expected return?

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