The TSP has proposed to change its policies regarding designations of beneficiaries in to simplify making such designations. In a Federal Register notice, the TSP noted that although the law requires only that a beneficiary form be signed, witnessed and received by the TSP before the account holder’s death to be valid, its own rules have required that the form be witnessed by two people and that each page of the form be dated by the participant and the witnesses. The rules change would require only one witness. It’s not required for an account holder to fill out a designation of beneficiary; for those who don’t a standard order of precedence applies. However, those who wish to make different arrangements must make a designation, and it is common advice that those who do make such designations review them periodically to make sure they reflect their current intent.