|Health Insurance||The Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHB) offers many different health insurance plans for eligible employees, their spouse, and any children under the age of 26. You can read more about health insurance here. You have 60 days to enroll once you're hired. You can also enroll, cancel, or change coverage during the annual open season in November.|
|Dental/Vision Insurance||The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) is a voluntary, enrollee-pay-all dental and vision insurance program available to Federal employees and family members. Learn more about dental/vision plans.|
|Flexible Spending Account||A Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) are pre-tax benefit accounts designed to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision care expenses not covered by your health care plan or elsewhere. With a FSA, you set aside and use pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified out-of-pocket health care expenses. Learn more about the FSA.|
|Long-Term Care Insurance||Long-term care insurance covers some of the costs of securing long-term care either in an assisted living facility or in one’s own home if one meets specific health and mobility limitations. Visit the Office of Personnel Management website to learn more about Long Term Care Options available to many Federal employees.|
|Life Insurance||The Federal Employee Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) is a benefit available to any employee covered by a retirement system. New employees have 60 days to enroll; there is no regular open season for life insurance coverage. If you miss the 60-day enrollment period, you will have to wait until you experience a "qualifying life event" such as marriage, divorce, or birth of a child. The amount of your coverage varies based on your choice and on your salary. To see how a salary change will impact your coverage and the bi-weekly deductions for your FEGLI, please visit the FEGLI Calculator at OPM. The Office of Personnel Management has detailed program, eligibility, enrollment, and beneficiary information. |
|Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)||FERS is a retirement plan that generates benefits from three different sources: a Basic Benefit Plan, Social Security, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Two of the three parts of FERS, Social Security and the TSP, can go with you to your next job if you leave the Federal Government before retirement. The Basic Benefit and Social Security parts of FERS require you to pay your share each pay period. If you are eligible for FERS, you will be automatically enrolled when you are appointed. The cost of the Basic Benefit and Social Security will be withheld from your pay as payroll deductions, and the Fish and Wildlife Service will pay the agency portion. After you retire, you could receive annuity payments each month for the rest of your life plus potential income from your TSP investments.|
|Thrift Savings Plan||The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for civilian employees of the United States Government and members of the uniformed services. It is similar to a 401K plan offered by many public and private corporations. If you are a FERS employee who began Federal service after July 31, 2010, you will be automatically enrolled in the TSP. Three percent of your basic pay will be deducted from your paycheck each pay period and deposited in the traditional balance of your TSP account unless you choose to change or stop your contributions. You can make an election by following the instructions for starting, changing, and stopping your contributions. Learn more about this retirement savings and investment plan at Thrift Savings Plan and how your contributions can be matched by the Federal Government at Thrift Savings Plan. |
|Transferring Benefits from Another Federal Agency||1. FEHB, FEGLI, and TSP elections normally transfer automatically. Be sure to verify proper deductions on your earnings and leave statement (ELS). Transferring is not a qualifying life event to change health enrollment unless you relocate, and your HMO benefits are not available in the new area. |
2. If you are enrolled in any of the following, you must contact the provider to transfer these benefits to the Fish and Wildlife Service :
3. As a transfer employee that has dental or vision under the FEDVIP program, you will need to contact BENEFEDS at 1-877-888-FEDS (1-877-888-3337) to transfer in your coverage to the Department of the Interior. The payroll office identification number to provide to BENEFEDS is DOIIN15. You may also go online to BENEFEDS website to make these changes. BENEFED's website is https://www.benefeds.com/.
4. As a transfer employee that has an account with Flexible Spending Account through FSAFEDS, you will need to contact FSAFEDS at 1-877-FSAFEDS (1-877-327-3337) to transfer in your coverage. The payroll office identification number to provide to FSAFEDS is DOIIN15. The website is www.FSAFEDS.com.
5. As a transfer employee that has an account with the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Plan (LTCFEDS), you will need to contact LTCFEDS at 1-877-888-FEDS (1-877-888-3337) to transfer in your coverage. The payroll office identification number to provide to FSAFEDS is DOIIN15. The website is https://www.ltcfeds.com/.
6. If you have an existing TSP loan, you will need to contact TSP to have that transferred over.
7. If you have any additional questions regarding the programs, please contact FWS HR Benefits.
|Credit for Civilian Service||Under FERS, you can make a payment for the following types of service, in order to credit it toward your retirement: Any period of creditable civilian service performed before 1989 during which no retirement deductions were withheld from your pay. Any period of civilian service during which retirement deductions were withheld from your pay and refunded to you. Any period of Peace Corps or VISTA volunteer service (excluding training time) regardless of when the service was performed.|
|Credit for Military Service||As a general rule, military service in the Armed Forces of the United States is creditable for retirement purposes if it was active service terminated under honorable conditions, and performed prior to your separation from civilian service for retirement.|
|Leave||Federal employees earn paid annual/personal and sick leave. Visit these links to learn more about the leave you will earn and how it can be used:|
OPM Annual Leave Fact Sheet
OPM Sick Leave Fact Sheet
Family Leave Fact Sheet
|Disabled Veterans Leave||Under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-75, November 5, 2015), an employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs is entitled to up to 104 hours of disabled veteran leave for the purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability. See OPM site for additional information.|
|Paid Holidays for Federal Employees||The Office of Personnel Management Federal Holidays Fact Sheet provides more information on the 11 paid holidays. |
|Flexible Work Schedules and Locations||Some positions are eligible for flexible work schedules. Your position may also accommodate a flexible place of work, telework, or remote work. Visit with your supervisor to determine whether your position allows for flexibility to the set schedule or to a set office location.|
|Employee Assistance Program (EAP)||An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related problems. DOI has contracted with Espyr, Inc. to provide you with comprehensive EAP services. Each year, one out of five employees faces a significant problem that disrupts life at home and reduces productivity at work. Service employees can receive free help from the EAP, which provides a confidential and comprehensive program that can assist employees with resolving their personal concerns, including:|
-Financial Issues and Financial Planning
-Employees can contact the EAP by calling 1-800-869-0276.
|Work-Life Benefits||Work-life is the business practice of creating a flexible, supportive environment to engage employees & maximize organizational performance. Work-life programs are critical management tools for the Federal community as we strive to maintain an excellent, engaged workforce. Key work-life programs offered to federal employees include worksite health and wellness, Employee Assistance Programs, workplace flexibilities, telework, and reimbursement programs (e.g. Fitness/Financial Planning). |
|Commuting and Transit Subsidies||A subsidy for mass transit costs associated with your commute to work are available at some duty locations. Find out if a transit subsidy is authorized for your location and how to apply for a subsidy. |
|Permanent Change of Station||If your Official Job Offer includes a Permanent Change of Station (PCS), you will be contacted by a PCS counselor after you receive your Official Confirmation Letter. Coordinate closely with your PCS counselor to ensure you are authorized to incur costs and understand how to track your expenses, if applicable. The FWS PCS Handbook can be found at this link.|
|Government Quarters (Housing)||You will be notified if Service Housing, often referred to as government quarters, is available for you at your station. If government quarters are available and accepted, your supervisor will submit a request to human resources to initiate payroll deductions and explain your housing contract responsibilities for occupancy.|
|Uniform and Safety Boot Allowances||Check with your supervisor to determine if your position qualifies you for a uniform allowance or a safety boot allowance. If you qualify for a boot allowance, you must submit your reimbursement request within 45 days of the purchase of your safety boots.|