Bureau of Indian Education | Retirement Information

Federal Civilian Retirement (Current Employees)

Great News!! TSP provides monthly webcasts!

The FRTIB Office of Communications and Education has been providing WebEx registration for monthly webinars regarding variety of TSP topics. Check back often for the link for online registration (password: TSPweb). For more information about available TSP Training visit TSP website.

Topics are:

Intro to TSP
TSP Contributions & Funds
TSP Loans & In-Service Withdrawals
TSP Post-Service Withdrawals

OPM has also posted the archived video for the popular TSP Webcast - Your TSP Account: What to think when nearing retirement or considering leaving the Government (10/02/18)
TSP has posted archived webcasts on their YouTube channel - TSP4Gov.

BIE HRO's Retirement Overview webcasts... We highly encourage employees to attend one of the webcasts, especially if retiring within the next 6 months! Our motto is "To DREAM of retirement is good, to PLAN for retirement is better!"

Webcast Schedule - Fall 2019 schedule to be posted soon. keep checking back!

Click the individual day's link to access webcast. Click here for handouts. All sessions are in Mountain time and last approximately 90 minutes. If your computer does not have microphone and speakers, dial in to the conference line provided. Webcasts display better when using GoogleChrome.

Recommendation: Also have your Leave & Earnings Statement (LES) and latest SF50, Notification of Personnel Action available. LES can be printed from Employee Express and SF50s from your eOPF.

Schools can still request for on-site presentations by completing the Field Request form and FAXing to 505-563-5305. Advance notice is required for planning and school locations pay the travel costs of presenter.

Not able to attend a session? Check out one of these OPM videos at your own pace and convenience:

Where can I find information on retirement courses? check out DOI University website or click this Retirement Course Schedule.

I am thinking about retirement, where do I start?

Want to retire? Don't know where to start? check out our Steps to Retirement flyer!

The OPM (Office of Personnel Management) website
contains a wealth of information regarding pay and benefits for federal employees.

The Department of Interior (DOI) has discontinued it's contract with the contractor, Government Retirement & Benefits (GRB). Employees who wish to have retirement estimates and/or counseling are asked to download the form below, complete it, and fax it to the BIE Human Resources Office at (505) 563-5305. Each request requires time to research service history and complete calculations, we appreciate your patience!

Retirement Estimate Request Form (for current BIE employees including P.L. 93-638/P.L.100-297 with retained benefits)
We recommend receive an estimate first to verify eligibility, to determine possible monthly annuity, to discuss benefit options, and to clarify the process.

With an estimate available, schedule a consultation session with the HR Specialist to discuss the estimate and learn about the retirement process. We encourage virtual consults which are done over the phone or using computer hook-up. Virtual consults help save gas money, travel time, and time away from work/home. Refer to the instructions in your completed Estimate packet for how to schedule a consultation and to know what documents to have available.

Estimate requests submitted less than 60 days before their target date may NOT receive information in time to make an informed decision. 

Don't wait to submit your estimate as although schools may be on break (Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter), HR Office continues to be busy to keep ahead of the requests.

I received an email that my estimate was complete, where can I get a copy?

As of 02/28/15, employees must have an active PIV/CAC card to access FHR Navigator in order to access estimates online. As a result, effective 02/10/15, the Benefits Unit has returned to mailing out hard copy estimates to an employee's official address (e.g., where W2s are mailed to unless employee provides a different address).

Due to the size of the files, we are unable to email or fax estimates.

Remember: The estimates provided to you are estimated amounts and are not intended to represent actual amounts. The Office of Personnel Management has sole authority and responsibility for adjudicating retirement claims.

If you want to schedule a consult, send an email to
benefits@bie.edu or leave a phone message at 505-563-5451. No walk-ins please, schedule an appointment!

What forms do I submit to apply for Retirement?

Normally a retirement application is included in the completed Estimate packet mailed to employees. All retirement forms are available on OPM website.

For FERS employees - SF-3107, Application for Immediate Retirement

For CSRS/CSRS Offset employees - SF-2801, Application for Immediate Retirement

If have FEGLI, don't forget SF-2818- Continuation of Life Insurance Coverage

If changing Federal tax withholding or electing no Federal taxes withheld, don't forget W4P.

For disability retirement applicants - SF-3112, Documentation in Support of Disability Retirement Application

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

New employees are automatically contributing 3% into TSP. As of September 2015, those funds are being deposited into appropriate Lifecycle Fund as Traditional TSP contributions. Lifecycle fund target year is determined on year of birth. The target year would be when the employee turns 62.

 For those born in years:Expected TSP drawdown in:
L Income1953 or earlierBefore 2016
L 20201954 - 19622016 - 2024
L 20301963 - 19722025 - 2034
L 20401973 - 19822035 - 2044
L 20501983 or later2045 or later

Employee can stop the automatic 3% contribution by completing TSP-1 or online through Employee Express. To request a refund of 3% contributions, employee MUST submit TSP-25 within 90-days as identified in the TSP Welcome Letter sent to employee. That letter is sent to correspondence address on file after first contributions are posted to create the TSP account.

More information on TSP, click here or for featured videos:

Unfortunately Treasury has discontinued the myRA program available to temporary and intermittent employees. For employees who may have established a myRA account, please review the "close out" process posted on the myRA.gov website.

Social Security

more information to be posted soon! click here for Social Security Website