What’s a Thrift Financial savings Plan?


A thrift savings plan is a retirement plan available to federal employees and members of the uniformed services. 

Real quick…Uniformed services are bodies of people in the employment of a state who wear a distinct uniform that differentiates them from the general public. Their purpose is to maintain the peace, security, safety, and health of the public they serve.

Back to it. A thrift savings plan is a defined contribution plan, like a 401k, that offers federal employees the same benefits as people who work in the private sector.

In this article, we learn about what a thrift savings plan is, as well as the rules and regulations.

What is it?

As mentioned in the introduction, a thrift savings plan (TSP) is a defined contribution retirement plan for federal employees.

A TSP includes deferred contributions from employees and can include matching contributions from the federal agencies. The employee also has the option of contributing pre-tax to a Traditional TSP, or post-tax to a Roth TSP.

If applicable, you can rollover a previous 401k or IRA into a TSP, and vice versa if you retire or move back into the private sector.


Currently, Blackrock is providing the investment products used in the Federal TSP. The investment options include:

  • The Government Securities Investment (G) Fund
  • The Fixed-Income Index Investment (F) Fund
  • The Common-Stock Index Investment (C) Fund
  • The Small-Capitalization Stock Index Investment (S) Fund
  • The International-Stock Index Investment (I) Fund
  • Specific lifecycle (L) funds designed to include a mix of securities held in each of the other five individual funds

Rules and Regulations

Not only is it a retirement plan, but it’s also a government-sponsored retirement plan. Obviously, there are going to be some regulations that accompany it.

The TSP contribution limit for 2022 is $20,500. The government has a sliding scale match, starting at 1% and topping out at 5%. The match is available even if you don’t contribute, though it is at the 1% base amount. It’s a percentage for a percentage match. If you contribute 2%, the match is 2%. If you contribute 5%, the match is 5%.

Fees are considerably lower with TSPs, usually .05%. Like IRAs, TSPs also have required minimum distributions that must start at 72. IRAs have an early withdrawal penalty of 10% if you pull money before 59 ½ years of age. TSPs will waive that 10% penalty if you retire at 55 or older.

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