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Proposed Rule

Correction of Administrative Errors

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AGENCY:

Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

ACTION:

Proposed rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) proposes to use a constructed share price for retired Lifecycle funds in order to make error corrections after December 31st of the target year.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before November 15, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments using one of the following methods:

  • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Office of General Counsel, Attn: Thomas Emswiler, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, 1250 H Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: The address for sending comments by hand delivery or courier is the same as that for submitting comments by mail.
  • Facsimile: Comments may be submitted by facsimile at (202) 942-1676.

The most helpful comments explain the reason for any recommended change and include data, information, and the authority that supports the recommended change. We will post all substantive comments (including any personal information provided) without change (with the exception of redaction of SSNs, profanities, et cetera) on http://www.regulations.gov.

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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)).

Constructed Share Price

The Agency currently offers five Lifecycle funds: L Income, L 2010, L 2020, L 2030, and L 2040. The Agency will retire the L 2010 Fund when it reaches its target date of December 31, 2010. Upon retiring the L 2010 Fund, the Agency will transfer all money invested in the L 2010 Fund to the L Income Fund. Participants will no longer be able to make contributions to the L 2010 Fund after December 31, 2010. In effect, the L 2010 Fund will no longer exist.

The Agency anticipates receiving late and makeup contributions that would have been invested in the L 2010 Fund had they been made on time. Likewise, the Agency anticipates needing to remove funds erroneously contributed to the L 2010 Fund prior to its retirement date, i.e., do a negative adjustment. The Agency uses the current share price of the applicable investment fund when calculating the value of late contributions, makeup contributions, and negative adjustments. Because the L 2010 fund will no longer exist, the Agency must construct an appropriate “current” share price in order to make error corrections involving the L 2010 Fund after December 31, 2010.

The Agency proposes to calculate the constructed share price for the L 2010 Fund as follows: The constructed share price is the L 2010 Fund share price on December 31, 2010, multiplied by the current L Income Fund share price, divided by the L Income Fund share price on December 31, 2010. This calculation reflects the impact of merging the assets of the L 2010 Fund into the L Income Fund on December 31, 2010. The Agency will apply this calculation to retired Lifecycle funds in the future by substituting the L 2010 Fund and December 31, 2010 retirement date as follows: The constructed share price is the retired Lifecycle fund share price on December 31 of the retirement year, multiplied by the current L Income Fund share price, divided by the L Income Fund share price on December 31 of the retirement year.

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.

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List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 1605

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Gregory T. Long,

Executive Director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Agency proposes to amend 5 CFR part 1605 as follows:

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PART 1605—CORRECTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE ERRORS

1. The authority citation for part 1605 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 8351, 8432a, and 8474(b)(5) and (c)(1). Subpart B also issued under section 1043(b) of Public Law 104-106, 110 Stat. 186 and sec. 7202(m)(2) of Public Law 101-508, 104 Stat. 1388.

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2. Amend § 1605.2, by revising paragraph (b)(1)(iii) and adding paragraph (b)(1)(iv) to read as follows:

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(iii) Determine the dollar value on the posting date of the number of shares the participant would have received had the contributions or loan payments been made on time. If the contributions or loan payments would have been invested in a Lifecycle fund that is retired on the posting date, the constructed share price shall equal the retired Lifecycle fund share price on December 31 of the retirement year, multiplied by the current L Income Fund share price, divided by the L Income Fund share price on December 31 of the retirement year. The dollar value shall be the number of shares the participant would have received had the contributions or loan payments been made on time multiplied by the constructed share price.

(iv) The difference between the dollar value of the contribution or loan payment on the posting date and the dollar value of the contribution or loan payment on the “as of” date is the breakage.

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3. Amend § 1605.12, by revising paragraph (c)(2)(ii) to read as follows:

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(ii) Multiply the price per share on the date the adjustment is posted by the number of shares calculated in paragraph (c)(2)(i) of this section. If the contribution was erroneously contributed to a Lifecycle fund that is retired on the date the adjustment is posted, the price per share shall equal the retired Lifecycle fund share price on December 31 of the retirement year, multiplied by the current L Income Fund share price, divided by the L Income Fund share price on December 31 of the retirement year.

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[FR Doc. 2010-25855 Filed 10-13-10; 8:45 am]

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