Letter to the editor
I read Milt Zall's column in the Sept. 10 edition of Federal Computer Week
headlined "TSP system saga."
He is right on the money, and his commentary really begs the question,
"Why are we doing this with taxpayers' money at all?"
The features that the contractors have been unsuccessful in implementing
within the Thrift Savings Plan system are already available to the private
sector. Firms such as Fidelity [FMR Corp.], Morgan Stanley Dean Witter &
Co., Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., etc. have had these capabilities for at least 10 to 15 years.
This whole exercise is to unnecessarily justify the
existence of an otherwise unnecessary bureaucratic organization the Federal
Employees Retirement System. Remember, the first rule of the bureaucracy
is to preserve it!
In support of my viewpoint, I submit the following to justify the privatization
of this function:
1. The 1 percent of FERS employees' salaries could go directly to a
private firm, such as Fidelity, in the name of the employee.
2. Any employee and employer TSP contributions could be deposited directly
to the firm.
3. Any private firm would offer many more investment selections to choose
from, some of which are equivalent to the all selections offered in the
Instead, we spend millions to date on something that already exists!
And guess who suffers? We do. Not having the ability to transact trades
at the end of each business day or get real-time balances severely hinders
our ability to manage the very important area of retirement planning.
Name withheld by request