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|Classification||Generally, all federal and postal employees hired before 1984 (unless they opted for FERS coverage in one of the open seasons in 1987 or 1998)|
|Benefits||Annuity offering guaranteed lifetime retirement income with a survivor benefit annuity option|
Special employee groups: (law
enforcement, firefighters, air traffic controllers)
|Thrift Savings Plan||CSRS employees can contribute up to $17,000 (in 2012) of basic pay per year. There are no matching contributions to the TSP from the government for CSRS employees.|