Employees serving under a new appointment earn 4
hours of annual leave every pay period for the first three years.
After completing three years of Federal service, employees
begin to earn 6 hours of annual leave per pay period. After
15 years of Federal service, employees earn 8 hours of annual
leave per pay period. Employees may carry over up to 240
hours of annual leave per leave year.
Employees earn 4 hours of sick leave per pay
period regardless of their service time. There is no limit
to the amount of sick leave that may be carried over from one year
to the next.
Annual and sick leave are earned your first pay
period. Accumulated leave as well as leave that will be
earned during the calendar year, but has not yet accrued, may be
used with prior approval from your supervisor.
Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
ORO employees may participate in the Voluntary
Leave Transfer Program. This program allows employees to
help other DOE employees by donating annual leave. When an
employee applies and is approved for the program due to an illness
or similar emergency situation, other employees may donate annual
leave to the affected employee. There is a limit on the
amount of leave an employee may donate. Employees earning 4
hours of annual leave per pay period may donate up to 52 hours of
annual leave per year to an affected employee. Employees
earning 6 hours per pay period are limited to 80 hours of leave
eligible for donation and employees earning 8 hours of annual
leave per pay period can donate up to 104 hours of annual leave
Employees are paid on the second Thursday following the
completion of a pay period. Our pay periods are in two week
intervals. Direct deposit is mandatory.
Employees may select from a variety of health insurance plans and
life insurance options upon entering on duty. Every year in the
fall, employees are given the opportunity to make changes to their
health insurance. There is no open season for life insurance.
The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
(FEDVIP) provides comprehensive supplemental dental and vision
information may be obtained at
The Federal Long Term Care (FLTC) Insurance helps pay for chronic
care and services such as home care or care in a nursing home or
assisted living facility.
Program information may be obtained at
Federal Flexible Spending
The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) provides
a way for you to save money on health care and/or child care/elder
care expenses. Program
information may be obtained at
Thrift Savings Plan
As a new Federal employee, you are automatically signed up for a
3% withholding into the TSP account.
The Federal government participates in the Thrift Savings
Plan (TSP). Employees assigned to the Federal Employees Retirement
System (FERS) receive an automatic 1 percent agency contribution of
their annual salary into the plan. In addition, FERS employees'
contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar for the first 3 percent
of pay that is contributed each pay period and 50 cents on the
dollar for the next 2 percent of pay contributed. Employee
contributions over 5 percent are not matched.
Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) employees do not
receive any agency automatic or matching contributions.
FERS and CSRS employees may contribute to a traditional TSP
or Roth TSP up to the annual Internal Revenue Service limit.
Employees may choose between lifecycle funds or five individual
funds. The "C" fund is
the Common Stock Investment Fund. The "F" fund is the Fixed Income
Index Fund. The "G" fund is the Government Securities Investment
Fund. The "S" fund is the Small Capitalization Stock Investment
Fund. The "I" fund is the International Stock Index Investment Fund.
Employees may participate in one or any combination of the five
funds. There is also a
Roth TSP feature which allows you to contribute some or all your
contributions with after-tax income.
There are no TSP open seasons.
You can start, change, or stop your contributions at any
time. Additional information on the TSP program may be obtained at
the TSP web site.