Employee Pocket Guide
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Employee Relations and Benefits


The Service is your employer of choice! Our employees are encouraged to participate in all of the benefit programs available including the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program, Flexible Savings Accounts, Long-Term Care Insurance, and the supplemental Vision and Dental Insurance Program. In general, all permanent employees and employees whose appointments are for more than 1 year are eligible for health benefits and life insurance. Both programs provide group rates and with Service contributions toward the premiums. Employees and qualifying relatives are also eligible to enroll in long-term care insurance. The employee or qualifying relative receives a lower group rate, although they are required to pay 100 percent of the premium.

The Service also offers employee flexible spending accounts for medical expenses and dependent care and premium conversion for the employee’s portion of the health benefit premiums. Both of these program result in savings for employees. Recently, the new Vision and Dental Supplemental Insurance Program has been added. Like the long-term care program, employees and family members receive a lower group rate, although they are required to pay 100% of the premium. Employees can make eligible changes to their benefit enrollments through Employee Express <www.employeeexpress.gov>.

More Information

For specific information on employee programs, visit these Web sites.

Federal Employees Health Benefits Program

Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program

Long-Term Care Insurance

Flexible Spending Accounts

FSAFEDS—Enrollment and account management site

Supplemental Vision Insurance

Supplemental Dental Insurance

BENEFEDS—Enrollment and account management site

More comprehensive Human Capital information can be obtained by visiting the Service’s intranet site.


Last updated: July 23, 2013
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