BENEFITS

The Benefits of DHS I&A

At DHS I&A, we believe your dedication to protecting the nation should be rewarded. We’re proud to offer flexible hours and comprehensive benefits to ensure a healthy work/life balance.

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Health and Life Insurance

The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program can help you and your family meet your health care needs. Federal employees, retirees and their survivors enjoy the widest selection of health plans in the country.

Dental and vision benefits are available to eligible federal employees, retirees and their eligible family members. The Federal Employees Dental/Vision (FEDVIP) Program allows dental insurance and vision insurance to be purchased on a group basis, which means competitive premiums (withheld on a pre-tax basis) and no pre-existing condition limitations.

The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) helps you pay for items that typically are not covered (for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses).

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program can help pay long-term care expenses you may incur in the future. Employees pay the full premium for this coverage.

The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) provides group term life insurance, which consists of basic life insurance coverage and three additional 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.

Retirement

The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is a retirement plan that provides benefits from three sources: 1) a Basic Benefits Plan, 2) Social Security, and 3) the Thrift Savings Plan. The Basic Benefits Plan is similar to a pension in which the employee contributes a small amount per paycheck. Social Security is the standard Social Security benefit, and the Thrift Savings Plan is a retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k). Employees who leave the government before retirement are eligible to take their Social Security and TSP contributions and earnings with them to their new positions.

Pay, Vacation and Leave

OPM.gov offers comprehensive information on pay tables, including locality pay.

Find information about personal leave, including annual leave, sick leave, the Family and Medical Leave Act, military leave, time off for special circumstances and more.

There are typically 10 paid federal holidays observed each year.

Flexible Schedules and Work/Life Balance

Depending on your position, you may be able to follow alternative work schedules (AWS) instead of traditional fixed work schedules (e.g., 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week). Telework may also be available.

DHS offers health and wellness programs. Depending on location, fitness centers may be available.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) provide services designed to help employees, managers and organizations meet life challenges and remain healthy, engaged and productive.

Additional Benefits

DHS I&A offers recruiting incentives, including a student loan repayment program. We also have professional development opportunities to help you build your skills.