BENEFITS

The Benefits of ODNI

ODNI offers employees a robust benefits package and a flexible work schedule for work/life balance.

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Flexible work arrangements, such as alternative work schedules, telework and various leave programs, give employees more control over when and where they can accomplish their best work. They enable employees to meet their responsibilities at and away from work, while also helping to attract and retain a committed, effective workforce.

ODNI offers a broad array of workplace flexibility options. Some, such as leave programs, are offered as benefits to qualifying employees, while others are offered at the discretion of management.

  • Alternative Work Schedules: Employees use Alternative Work Schedules (AWS) in a variety of ways: seeing children off to school, avoiding peak rush hour traffic or accomplishing errands during the normal work week. Alternative work schedules also help us to better serve customers who may be in other time zones or have non-traditional schedules themselves.
  • Leave Programs: The federal government offers annual and sick leave for many employees as part of its overall benefits package. These programs are specifically designed to help employees better manage their work and personal life responsibilities.
  • Part-Time Work: Throughout the working life of any employee, different stages bring different responsibilities and demands at and outside of work. For employees who have child care and/or elder care responsibilities, as well as those interested in phased retirement, part-time arrangements can be very attractive alternatives. They enable employees to continue their engagement with work, contribute to the family income and progress in their careers.

Physical and mental well-being are key components of a healthy workforce. Beyond offering comprehensive health benefits (insurance and flexible spending accounts), the federal government provides support and assistance to help employees enhance mental and physical well-being, prevent health problems, engage in health-promoting behaviors, and find assistance and support in times of need.

There are several retirement options for ODNI employees. Each of the government’s major retirement benefit programs is a “defined benefit” plan but they differ in terms of basic design and in the rights granted by their provisions. The Federal Retirement Comparison brochure provides a quick way to compare the different systems allowing employees to decide which is right for them.

ODNI supports employee engagement in community and home in a variety of ways, in order to foster a workforce that can meet the needs of our diverse customers.

  • Child Care: For families with infants, toddlers, and school-aged children, child care can be a real challenge – whether it's finding programs, paying for care, juggling multiple and conflicting school schedules, or managing before-and after-school issues. ODNI does not offer on-site child care or a child care subsidy program. However, we do have referral services and priority child care arrangements. In-depth information regarding the Child Care program can be found at the Office of Personnel Management.

  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts: Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are a benefit offered by most employers that allow an employee the opportunity to put some of his/her salary aside before taxes to pay for many common out-of-pocket expenses. OPM sponsors The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program, also known as FSAFEDS. Eligible employees can elect to participate in one or both Flexible Spending Accounts.

    FSAFEDS offers two types of FSAs: a health care flexible spending account (HCFSA) and a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA). You can use a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) to pay for eligible dependent care expenses that allow you (and your spouse) to work, look for work, or attend school full-time. You may elect from $250 up to $5,000 each year. That $5,000 limit is a total combined amount for your household, including any child care subsidy amounts, in accordance with Internal Revenue Service regulations.

    A DCFSA covers eligible expenses for the care of dependent children under age 13, and a person of any age you claim as a dependent on your Federal Income Tax return, and who is mentally or physically incapable of self-care. This would include an elder or other adult dependent. In-depth information regarding the FSA program can be found at the Office of Personnel Management.

  • Elder/Adult Dependent Care: Many employees find themselves providing care for adult loved ones – parents, spouses, other family members and friends. ODNI provides programs that can help employees manage these caregiving responsibilities. In-depth information regarding this program can be found at the Office of Personnel Management.

  • Leave for Family Purposes: Federal government employees are provided a wide range of leave programs designed to help employees meet their dependent care needs. In-depth information regarding this program can be found at the Office of Personnel Management.

  • Parenting: Beyond child care, there are many other parenting issues that can be supported through Work Life programs and access to resources. In-depth information regarding this program can be found at the Office of Personnel Management.

  • Support for Caregiving: Caregiving (providing care for children and/or dependent adults) is a source of joy and challenges of adult life. Employed caregivers can face difficult choices as they try to meet the sometimes competing demands of personal and professional life. The federal government provides a great deal of support for caregiving employees. Specific federal laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and various leave programs specific to the federal workforce, enhance the ability of employees to give care to family members. In-depth information regarding this program can be found at the Office of Personnel Management.