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Road-mapping retirement

TSP courses for every age, stage

Federal workers can learn about the Thrift Savings Plan during a series of online courses from May 18-June 30.

Online courses on leveraging the offerings of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) to best meet your retirement goals are available to all federal employees this month and next.

Here’s an overview of the courses and when they’ll be offered (all times are Eastern):

• TSP to Retirement and Beyond (parts I and II): This presentation is most relevant for employees within 5-10 years of their planned retirement. The course is four hours with a break. May 18 at 8 a.m. and June 2 at noon.

• TSP Pre-Separation: This course is designed to give late-career employees and service members the tools they need to make smart decisions with their TSP savings as they prepare to retire. This course is 2 hours, 30 minutes. May 19 at 1 p.m., May 26 at 8 a.m., June 15 at 1 p.m. and June 30 at 10 a.m.

• TSP A to Z: This course covers every aspect of TSP participation, including the benefits of savings, traditional versus Roth contributions, investments, loans and post-separation withdrawals. This is a four-hour course. May 20 at 11 a.m. and June 16 at noon.

• TSP Early to Mid-Career: This course focuses on what early and mid-career employees and service members can do to take full advantage of the TSP. This course is 2 hours, 30 minutes. May 25 at 9 a.m., June 3 at 8 a.m. and June 17 at noon.

The courses are offered by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board’s Office of Communications and Education.

Preregistration is required. To register, go to

Participation is voluntary. Postal Service nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

All dates and topics are subject to change or cancellation. For questions regarding the courses, email