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Thrift Savings Plan Match Information

Published: December 9, 2013
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Federal Systems, Financial Institution Data Match
Types:
Guides/Publications/Reports
Tags:
Collection & Enforcement Systems, Lien and Levy

In January 2011, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) partnered with the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) to begin matching against the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)—a tax-deferred retirement savings and investment plan available to federal civilian employees and members of the military.  The TSP is the largest defined-contribution plan in the world, is similar to a 401(k) plan offered by private corporations, and is one of three benefit portions that make up the Federal Employees' Retirement System.  With over 4.3 million participants, the TSP contains over $215 billion in assets.

Although the TSP is not considered a financial institution, the match results are returned to states quarterly in the same record used for sending matches resulting from the Multistate Financial Institution Data Match (MSFIDM) program.  All states currently receive MSFIDM data via the Federal Case Registry "MC" Record.  There is no additional cost for states to receive these matches.

As OCSE continues to work with the FRTIB to streamline the process, we will keep states informed of any changes or updates.  For any questions related to the TSP match, contact Colby Poteat at colby.poteat@acf.hhs.gov or the MSFIDM Helpdesk at 410-277-9312 or fidm@ssa.gov.

TSP will accept child support orders signed by a judge or authorized agent of the child support enforcement agency.  Due to feedback from states, TSP has issued a revised notice that states may choose to use to freeze and seize TSP accounts.  The Thrift Saving Plan TSP-CS-1 fillable PDF form may be used in lieu of or in conjunction with your state-specific form, and includes all required information necessary for TSP to process the order.  For detailed procedural information regarding TSP's legal process, please see Thrift Savings Plans Court Orders and Powers of Attorney.