As used in this part:
Bonus contributions means contributions made by participants from a bonus as defined in 37 U.S.C. chapter 5.
Civilian account means the TSP account to which contributions have been made by or on behalf of a civilian employee.
Civilian employee means a TSP participant covered by the Federal Employees' Retirement System, the Civil Service Retirement System, or equivalent retirement plans.
Combat zone compensation means compensation received for active service during a month in which a member of the uniformed services serves in a combat zone.
Combat zone contributions means employee contributions that are made from compensation subject to the Federal income tax exclusion at 26 U.S.C. 112 for combat zone compensation.
Employee contributions means contributions made by participants from basic pay, incentive pay, and special pay (including bonuses).
Employing agency means the organization that employs an individual who is eligible to contribute to the TSP and that has authority to make compensation decisions for that employee.
Federal civilian retirement system means the Civil Service Retirement System established by 5 U.S.C. chapter 83, subchapter III, the Federal Employees' Retirement System established by 5 U.S.C. chapter 84, or any equivalent Federal civilian retirement system.
Periodic contributions means employee contributions made from recurring incentive pay and special pay (including bonuses) as defined in 37 U.S.C. chapter 5.
Ready Reserve means those members of the uniformed services described at 10 U.S.C. 10142.
Regular contributions means employee contributions made from basic pay.
Separation from service means discharge of a member from active duty or the Ready Reserve or transfer of a member to inactive status or to a retired list pursuant to any provision of title 10, U.S.C. The discharge or transfer may not be followed, before the end of the 31-day period beginning on the day following the effective date of the discharge, by resumption of active duty, an appointment to a civilian position covered by the Federal Employees' Retirement System, the Civil Service Retirement System, or an equivalent retirement system, or continued service in or affiliation with the Ready Reserve. Reserve component members serving on full-time active duty who terminate their active duty status and subsequently participate in the drilling reserve are said to continue in the Ready Reserve. Active component members who are released from active duty and subsequently participate in the drilling reserve are said to affiliate with the Ready Reserve.
Service member means a member of the uniformed services on active duty or a member of the Ready Reserve in any pay status.
Service member account means the account to which contributions have been made by or on behalf of a member of the uniformed services.
Special and incentive pay means pay payable as special or incentive pay under 37 U.S.C. chapter 5.
Uniformed services means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[66 FR 50713, Oct. 4, 2001, as amended at 70 FR 32209, June 1, 2005]