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Incentives and Awards*

  • Periodic performance-based pay adjustments (within grade/step increases)
  • Cost of Living Allowances (COLA)
  • Special salary rates for selected positions
  • Recruitment and relocation incentives
  • Employee recognition through Incentive Awards Program

* Incentives and awards are not guaranteed.

10 Paid Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Vacation, Personal, and Sick Times

  • 13 days of sick leave per year, accrued at a rate of 4 hours per pay period
  • Up to 26 leave days per year for vacation or other personal use:
    • 13 days per year for less than 3 years of federal service - accrued at a rate of 4 hours per pay period
    • 20 days per year after 3 years of federal service but less than 15 years - accrued at a rate of 6 hours per pay period
    • 26 days per year after 15 years of federal service - accrued at a rate of 8 hours per pay period
  • Family-Friendly Leave Policies, with flexibility for events such as military leave, birth or adoption of a child, care of a sick family member, or care of yourself in response to a serious health condition or emergency.

Employee Assistance and Referral Programs

  • Employees and their immediate family members have access to confidential, professional counseling and referral services to help them manage life events (e.g., legal matters, finances, education, family matters, etc.)


  • For qualified persons to work from home in certain circumstances

Continuing Education and Professional Development

  • Continuing education program, both in-house and off-site, for all employees
  • Lecture series featuring leading experts in their fields
  • Opportunities to work with world-class scientists in the agency
  • An atmosphere of growth, with visiting scientists from around the world who come to learn and to share their expertise
  • Programs for health professionals and scientists from other institutions to participate in the agency's research

Commuter Subsidy Programs

  • Public Transit Subsidy Program reimburses use of public mass transportation
  • Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits to set aside pre-tax dollars to offset costs associated with using public mass transportation and parking at public mass transportation facilities

Family-Friendly Leave Programs

  • Leave programs and policies to help balance work and family life.
  • More information on family-friendly work and leave programs is available on OPM’s Pay & Leave website.

Comprehensive Medical Benefits

  • Coverage available for employees, their spouses, and their dependent children under age 26
  • Many options, including fee-for-service or HMO plans with costs shared by the government. (The government pays a substantial amount of the premium cost and the employee’s portion is paid through payroll deduction.)
  • Medical examination is not required to obtain coverage
  • No restrictions due to age, current health, or pre-existing medical condition
  • Premiums as well as out-of-pocket costs can be paid with pre-tax dollars
  • Eligible for Medicare Part A at no cost beginning at age 65
  • Long Term Care Insurance Program

Retirement Benefits and Pension Plan

Long-Term Care Insurance

  • Protection against high costs of long term care if you can no longer perform everyday tasks due to chronic illness, injury, disability, or aging
  • Personal access to registered nurse care coordinators and home care
  • More information on the long-term care program is available at the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program website.

Life Insurance

  • Group term life insurance
  • Optional additional benefits
  • More information on the federal life insurance program is available at OPM’s Life Insurance website.

Child Care

  • Child care providers on or near the work site
  • Child care tuition subsidy provided for lower-income employees

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • The federal flexible spending account (FSA) is a pre-tax benefits program that allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars for qualifying medical, child care, or adult care expenses.
  • Health Care FSA to set aside up to $2,500 per covered employee in pre-tax dollars for out-of-pocket medical expenses and other benefits not covered by your health plan
  • Dependent Care FSA to set aside up to $5,000 in pre-tax dollars to cover daycare or other expenses related to the care of a child or qualifying dependent adult
  • More information on FSAs account is available at OPM’s Flexible Spending Accounts website.

Flexible Work Schedules

  • Several options are available, some of which allow you to adjust your work hours to take a day off each pay period or vary your daily arrival and departure times
  • Credit Time to earn time off in exchange for extra hours worked (requires approval)

Wellness, Fitness & Other Benefits

  • Innovative wellness programs
  • Fitness centers
  • Elder care program
  • Eligibility for membership in the CDC Federal Credit Union
  • Confidential referrals, resources, and professional counseling services for employees and qualified family members who may be facing personal or work-related problems
  • Free access to a medical clinic
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