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Know Your Benefits

Federal employees are fortunate to work toward accomplishing missions that matter and serve our country. Federal employees also have access to many other benefits. Check with your agency’s Human Resources Office for more information on available benefits and flexibilities.

Work-life balance

Many employees value work-life balance. A flexible work environment may help us succeed in accomplishing our work. Telework and flexible work schedules can be particularly beneficial. Check with your agency’s Human Resources Office for more information on the available flexibilities.


Telework is a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work, during any part of regular, paid hours, at an approved alternative worksite (e.g., home, telework center). It is an important tool for achieving a resilient and results-oriented workforce. At its core, telework is people doing their work at locations different from where they would normally be doing it. This makes sense when you consider that ‘tele’ comes from the Greek word meaning “from a distance” – when combined with work it means “work from a distance.”

Flexible Work Schedules

An agency may implement for its employees an alternative work schedule (AWS) instead of traditional fixed work schedules (e.g., 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week). Within rules established by the agency, AWS can enable employees to have work schedules that help the employee balance work and family or personal responsibilities.

Student Loan Repayment

The Federal student loan repayment program permits agencies to repay Federally-insured student loans as a recruitment or retention incentive for candidates or current employees of the agency. Employees should speak with their managers about this program, as use of this incentive varies from agency to agency.

Leave and 11 Paid Holidays a Year

As a Federal employee, you have leave programs covering your vacation, personal, and sick time off. In addition, you receive 11 paid holidays a year!

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Other Benefits

To learn about other benefits, such as health insurance, leave, flexible spending accounts, retirement plans, pay, etc., please see: