This story was updated at 10:12 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2012.
Federal employees can expect information in the mail next week on the new Roth option, said Tom Trabucco, director of external affairs for the Thrift Savings Plan, in an interview with Your Turn with Mike Causey.
The option will be rolled out in the second quarter of this year, sometime between April and June, he said.
Just this week the board sent the draft regulations to the Federal Registrar, Trabucco said.
The vote comes within a week of a Congressional Budget Office report on federal vs. private sector compensation. The report found that feds made 16 percent more than the private sector in wages and benefits. But this gap depended on education. For example, workers with advanced degrees made less in the public sector than in the private sector, according to CBO.
Blanket freezes such as the one considered today will widen that gap, Losey said.
“That’s just going to exacerbate the problem,” he said.
Even if the proposal passes the House, it’s unlikely to clear the Senate, he added.