Information on Federal Workplace Policies and Practices from the Federal Employees Almanac


Chapter 5, Section 7: Unemployment Compensation

Basic unemployment insurance rights and income-security protections for federal employees are in Title 5, Chapter 85, of the U.S. Code.

Chapter 5, Section 8: Medicare

Medicare is a health insurance program for people ages 65 or older, people with end-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant) and some people with disabilities under age 65.

Chapter 6, Section 4: Post-Service Withdrawals from TSP Accounts

All TSP participants who separate from federal service have the same TSP withdrawal options, regardless of their eligibility for retirement benefits. You can choose to receive a TSP life annuity, a single payment, a series of monthly payments, or any combination.

Chapter 6, Section 5: Leaving Your Money in the TSP

After you leave federal service, you can leave your entire account balance (as long as it is $200 or more) in the TSP until April 1 of the calendar year after you reach age 701⁄2 or the year following the year you separate from federal service, if later, subject to the restrictions described below.

Chapter 6, Section 6: Death Benefits

You may designate one or more beneficiaries to receive your TSP account in the event of your death. A beneficiary can be any person, corporation, trust, or legal entity (including a foundation or charity), or your estate.

Chapter 7, Section 4: Impact on Life Insurance Coverage

The Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) must pay benefits in accordance with the terms of a valid court decree of divorce, annulment, or legal separation, or the terms of a court order or court-approved property settlement agreement relating to such a court decree, regardless of whether the insured individual actually completes a designation complying with the court order

Chapter 7, Section 5: Impact on Thrift Savings Plan Accounts

A TSP account can be divided by a court decree of divorce, annulment, or legal separation, or a court order or court-approved property settlement agreement incident to such a decree.

Chapter 7, Section 6: Garnishment for Child Support or Alimony

To enforce alimony and child support obligations, the salaries of federal and postal employees, as well as retirees' annuity payments and Social Security benefits, are subject to garnishment, under Section 659 of Title 42, United States Code.