New features

The Thrift Savings Plan will introduce several features this year to improve participants’ experiences.

The changes will allow participants in the plan, also known as the TSP, to:

Get services on their terms. A virtual assistant will be available 24/7 to help participants find answers to their questions.

Access to a live agent is available during business hours when connected to the TSP Mobile app or when logged into My Account.

See information more clearly. Participants’ account summaries will display their investments clearly, and the navigation menu will make it easier for participants to find and use account management tools.

Participants will also find the functions they’re used to — and several new ones — in a responsive, mobile-friendly environment.

Access on-the-go resources. With the TSP Mobile app, participants can do just about everything they’d be able to do if they were signing in through the TSP website.

Complete more transactions online. Participants will be able to complete forms, sign their name electronically, make loan payments and do more with easy and secure processes.

To learn more about the features, go to the TSP website or call the ThriftLine Service Center at 877-968-3778 weekdays 7 a.m.-9 p.m. The TDD number is 877-847-4385.

To remember

President Joe Biden has ordered U.S. flags flown at half-staff to honor the more than 1 million Americans who have died of COVID-19.

Flags should be flown at half-staff until May 16 at sunset.

Flags are also to be flown at half-staff on Sunday, May 15, in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which honors police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.

The USPS Administrative Support Manual has additional guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.

Grand crew

The Postal Service will release its Women’s Rowing stamps on May 13.

The Forever stamps will come in panes of 20 and feature two designs: one with rowers stroking forward and the other, backward.

The two stamp designs are placed in five alternating rows on the pane, one stroking forward, the next back, giving an overall impression of movement on the water. The selvage sets the scene with a watery backdrop and a coxswain at the beginning of each row.

The stamps follow the March release of Title IX, a stamp honoring the law mandating equal treatment for women in education at federally funded institutions.

Female rowers in the United States distinguished themselves as soon as they had the chance. In their first Olympic competition in 1976, the U.S. women’s team won bronze.

The team’s next games were in 1984 (the United States boycotted the Summer Olympics in 1980), where they won gold — a feat the team replicated in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Nancy Stahl illustrated and designed the stamps and Ethel Kessler was the art director.

The Women’s Rowing stamps will be available at and at Post Offices nationwide.