Annual leave is an authorized absence with pay from a regularly scheduled workday. Annual leave may be used for vacation, personal, or emergency purposes. For full-time employees, annual leave is accrued at the following rates:
Part-time employees also earn annual leave. The leave accrual is pro-rated based on the number of base pay hours the employee works during the standard 80-hour pay period. In most cases, up to 30 days (240 hours) of annual leave may be accrued and carried over to the next year.
Full-time employees accrue four hours of sick leave each pay period, regardless of length of service. Part-time employees accrue one hour of sick leave for each 20 hours worked, regardless of length of service. There is no limit on the amount of sick leave that an employee may accrue. Sick leave can be used for the following reasons:
DSS observes 10 Federal holidays:
New or additional Federal holidays can be established only by Federal statute or by Executive Order of the President of the United States.
The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 administrative workweeks of leave without pay (LWOP) during any 12-month period. FMLA leave may be charged only on days that are scheduled workdays.
FMLA may be used for the following reasons:
FSAFEDS allows you to save money for health care expenses with a Health Care or Limited Expense Health Care FSA. Think of it as a savings account that helps you pay for items that typically aren’t covered by your FEHB Plan, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, or other health insurance coverage.
FSAFEDS also offers an account for families with young children or elder care expenses – the Dependent Care FSA. This account allows you to set aside money to pay for your day care expenses.
The minimum election for all accounts is just $100 and carryover has been adopted for health care and limited expense health care FSAs.
Most employees are eligible for FEGLI coverage. FEGLI provides group term life insurance. As such, it does not build up any cash value or paid-up value. It consists of Basic life insurance coverage and three options. In most cases, if you are a new Federal employee, you are automatically covered by Basic life insurance and your payroll office deducts premiums from your paycheck unless you waive the coverage. In addition to the Basic, there are three forms of Optional insurance you can elect. You must have Basic insurance in order to elect any of the options. Unlike Basic, enrollment in Optional insurance is not automatic – you must take action to elect the options.
The cost of Basic insurance is shared between you and the Government. You pay 2/3 of the total cost and the Government pays 1/3. Your age does not affect the cost of Basic insurance. You pay the full cost of Optional insurance, and the cost depends on your age.
The FLTCIP provides long-term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when enrollees need help with activities they perform every day, or you have a severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's disease.
Most employees must be eligible for the FEHB Program in order to apply for coverage under the FLTCIP. It does not matter if they are actually enrolled in FEHB – eligibility is the key. Certain medical conditions, or a combination of conditions, will prevent some people from being approved for coverage. You must apply to find out if you are eligible to enroll.
FERS is the retirement plan for those entering federal service under a permanent appointment. FERS benefits are portable and allow employees to take an active role in securing their futures.
FERS is a three-tiered plan comprised of:
The TSP is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees. Employees covered by FERS or the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) can contribute to TSP, although participation rules are different for FERS versus CSRS employees. You may elect to contribute any dollar amount or percentage (1 to 100) of your basic biweekly pay. However, your annual dollar total cannot exceed the Internal Revenue Code's annual elective deferral limit for the current tax year.
FERS employees receive an automatic 1 percent contribution starting immediately after entering duty. The government matches employee contributions dollar for dollar on the first 3 percent and 50 cents on the dollar for the next 2 percent.
TSP now accepts rollovers from other 401(k)/qualified retirement plans.
DSS offers many work schedules to support work life balance. These include the flexible work schedules identified below.