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National Security Agency Retirement Plan

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Employer Summary

The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is the retirement plan for those entering federal service under a permanent appointment. FERS benefits are portable and allow employees to take an active role in securing their futures.

FERS is a three-tiered plan composed of the following components:

  • Basic Benefit Plan – Establishes an annuity amount based on an employee's age, years of federal service as of the effective retirement date and average highest salary attained over a 3-year consecutive period.
  • Social Security Benefit – Payments made from the Social Security Fund at retirement are based on an employee's age, type of benefit applied for and earnings history from social security-covered wages.
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) – The TSP is a tax-deferred retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) plans offered by private employers.

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Aug 28, 2017
Former Branch Chief in Fort Meade, MD, Maryland

Pension plan plus 401K contributions

Apr 14, 2017
Current Employee

the agency has a three tier program, they price match your tsp contributions, they pay 1% to tsp for you, as well as a pension plan that they pay in for you.

Nov 22, 2016
Current Interagency Colonel. in Durham, NC, North Carolina

They really make sure that you can take care of your family, should the unthinkable may happen.

Jul 13, 2016
Current Employee

It's as much as you put into it and it isn't specific to the agency. All federal workers are elegible for TSP savings.

Mar 24, 2016
Former National Security Agency in Fort Meade, MD, Maryland

The best thing about NSA's retirement plan is that there is a federal pension; however, in recent years, new employees are required contribute even more to this plan (for the same benefits) than employees who entered on duty in years prior. Another downside is that although a pension is offered, the pay at NSA is so low that the pension at best offsets it.

Oct 6, 2015
Former Employee

The federal pension through NSA is just about average. Still it's better than no pension, and you know that they'll be around in the future.

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NSA is on a Mission to Hire 3,000 People! The National Security Agency (NSA) has kicked off a massive talent search with a goal of hiring 3,000 new employees in 2023. Our work in signals intelligence (SIGINT) and cybersecurity is essential to protecting our families, friends, communities, service members, and ultimately, the nation. NSA’s SIGINT mission collects intelligence about our foreign adversaries. Our cybersecurity mission safeguards critical U.S. information. Both of these duties demand a team of technical experts as well as business and HR professionals, linguists, intelligence analysts, communications specialists and more. We have career opportunities in 17 different fields, so there is truly something for everyone.

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