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VA offers a robust benefits package that is unmatched in the private sector. For travel positions, benefits may vary based on the length and type of appointment you accept. Read more to learn about our employment benefits:
- Our employees earn 13 to 26 days of paid annual (vacation/personal) leave, depending on their profession. Annual leave begins to accrue immediately and can be used as it is earned
- Our employees also earn 13 days of sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
- We observe 10 paid Federal holidays
- The Family and Medical Leave Act and the Family Friendly Leave Act allow employees to balance their work and family lives by taking reasonable amounts of leave for medical reasons, for the birth or adoption/foster care of a child, and for the care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serious health problem
- The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program allows Federal employees to donate annual leave to other Federal employees who are experiencing a medical emergency
- Military leave is authorized up to 15 days a year for our active reservists and National Guard members
- Our employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose, including exceptional vision and dental plans
- For all of our health insurance plans, premiums are partially paid by the Federal Government, and employees have the opportunity to change plans annually
- Our employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
- Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
- Long-term care insurance is available as an option
Read our Employee Benefits at a Glance fact sheet.
In addition to the Basic coverage, there are three forms of optional insurance available (Standard, Additional, and Family).
Unlike many life insurance packages in the private sector, your FEGLI life insurance may be eligible to be carried into your retirement.
- Health Care Flexible Spending Account Lowers your taxable income by reimbursing up to $4,000 per year of out-of-pocket medical, dental, and vision expenses on a pre-tax basis
- Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Lowers your taxable income by reimbursing up to $5,000 per household, per year, for eligible day care and for elder care expenses on a pre-tax basis
The Government automatically contributes 1 percent of your salary with additional matching contributions up to a total of 5 percent. If you will be age 50 or older during a given year, you may also contribute up to $5,500 in additional “catch-up” contributions if you expect to reach the $17,000 limit during that year.
For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension. In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel.
Find additional information from the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) here.
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Last updated June 3, 2015