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Employee Contribution Elections and Contribution Allocations; Methods of Withdrawing Funds From the Thrift Savings Plan

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AGENCY:

Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

ACTION:

Correcting amendments.

SUMMARY:

This document contains corrections to final regulations, which were published in the Federal Register of June 14, 2003 (68 FR 35492) and April 25, 2005 (70 FR 21290). As published, the final regulations contain errors or omissions that may be misleading and need to be clarified.

DATES:

Effective on May 6, 2010.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Laurissa Stokes at 202-942-1645.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Agency administers the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which was established by the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 (FERSA), Public Law 99-335, 100 Stat. 514. The TSP provisions of FERSA are codified, as amended, largely at 5 U.S.C. 8351 and 8401-79. The TSP is a tax-deferred retirement savings plan for Federal civilian employees and members of the uniformed services. The TSP is similar to cash or deferred arrangements established for private-sector employees under section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 401(k)).

The final regulations that are the subject of these corrections were published in the Federal Register on June 14, 2003 (68 FR 35492) and April 25, 2005 (70 FR 21290). As published, the final regulations contain errors or omissions that may be misleading and need to be clarified.

Section 1600.11 of 5 CFR contains a cross-reference to section 1600.14 of 5 CFR. Instead it should cross-reference section 1600.12. This final rule corrects the erroneous cross-reference in § 1600.11.

Section 1650.31(b) of 5 CFR contains a typographical error. This final rule amends the word “tradition” to read “traditional.”

Regulatory Flexibility Act

I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This regulation will affect Federal employees and members of the uniformed services who participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, which is a Federal defined contribution retirement savings plan created under the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 (FERSA), Public Law 99-335, 100 Stat. 514, and which is administered by the Agency.

Paperwork Reduction Act

I certify that these regulations do not require additional reporting under the criteria of the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

Pursuant to the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 602, 632, 653, 1501-1571, the effects of this regulation on state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector have been assessed. This regulation will not compel the expenditure in any one year of $100 million or more by state, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector. Therefore, a statement under section 1532 is not required.

Submission to Congress and the Government Accountability Office

Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 810(a)(1)(A), the Agency submitted a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States before publication of this rule in the Federal Register. This rule is not a major rule as defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

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List of Subjects

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Gregory T. Long,

Executive Director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

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Accordingly,

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PART 1600—EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION ELECTIONS AND CONTRIBUTION ALLOCATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 1600 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 8351, 8432(a), 8432(b), 8432(c), 8432(j), 8474(b)(5) and (c)(1), Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2009, section 102.

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2. Revise paragraph (a) of § 1600.11 to read as follows:

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Types of elections.

(a) Contribution elections. A contribution election must be made pursuant to § 1600.12 and includes the following types of elections:

(1) To make employee contributions;

(2) To change the amount of employee contributions; or

(3) To terminate employee contributions.

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PART 1650—METHODS OF WITHDRAWING FUNDS FROM THE THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN

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3. The authority citation for part 1650 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 8351, 8433, 8434, 8435, 8474(b)(5), and 8474(c)(1).

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4. Revise paragraph (b) of § 1650.31 to read as follows:

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Age-based withdrawals.
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(b) An age-based withdrawal is an eligible rollover distribution, so a participant may request that the TSP transfer all or a portion of the withdrawal to a traditional IRA or an eligible employer plan.

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[FR Doc. 2010-10700 Filed 5-5-10; 8:45 am]

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