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Benefits & Rewards

 Benefits & Rewards

Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Department of the Navy. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family.

Reminder to current employees: The GRB Platform - (Formerly EBIS) the automated, secure, self-service Web application that allows employees to make health insurance, life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan contribution elections, review general and personal benefits information, and calculates retirement estimates) can only be accessed from a .mil, .edu or .gov environment and using their DoD Common Access Card (CAC). Other helpful links can be found on the Current Employees page.

 Federal Employees Health Benefits Program

  • Nationally recognized model offering 200+ health plan options throughout the U.S.
  • No waiting period or physical examination to enroll
  • No exclusions for pre-existing conditions
  • Substantial employer contribution to premiums (up to 75%)
  • Pay premiums with pre-tax dollars
  • Coverage for self & eligible family members
  • Opportunity to retain coverage into retirement with full government contributions
  • Opportunity to continue coverage for dependents

 Dental and Vision Insurance Programs

  • Comprehensive range of services available
  • Choice of carriers
  • Competitive rates
  • Pay premiums with pre-tax dollars
  • Coverage for self & eligible family members

 Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Elect pre-tax salary dollars
  • Save money on a variety of eligible health care and dependent care expenses

 Long Term Care Insurance Program

  • Multiple plans available
  • Covers long term care if you can no longer perform everyday tasks due to a chronic illness, injury, disability or aging
  • Comprehensive range of services available
  • Competitive rates
  • Eligibility – self & eligible family members
  • Apply by answering just a few simple questions

 Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program

  • Group term life insurance
  • Basic life insurance and 3 options provide coverage for self & eligible family members
  • 33% of basic insurance premiums paid by employer
  • No physical required for initial enrollment
  • Opportunity to retain coverage into retirement

 Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)

  • Retirement annuity for life beginning as early as age 55
  • Benefits based on length of service and salary
  • Military service may be credited toward FERS (deposit required)
  • Vesting after 5 years of creditable civilian service
  • Eligibility for survivor and disability benefits after 18 months of civilian service
  • Earn Social Security credit while working for the Government
  • Government employees are automatically eligible for Medicare Part A at no cost beginning at age 65

 Thrift Savings Plan

  • Supplements your retirement annuity
  • Tax deferred contributions
  • Largest single defined contribution plan in the U.S. similar to a 401(k) plan
  • Multiple investment options
  • Agency and matching contributions for FERS employees
  • Option to rollover money from an existing retirement plan

 Leave and Holidays

  • 10 paid holidays
  • Earn 13 days of sick leave with no carryover ceiling
  • Accrue 13, 20 or 26 days of vacation leave depending upon years of service or related work experience
  • Carry up to 30 days of vacation leave into the next calendar year
  • Family and Medical Leave Act allows up to 12 weeks per year of unpaid leave for caring for a sick family member
  • Up to 104 hours of paid leave for disabled veterans during first year of employment for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability (available to new Federal civilian employees hired on or after November 5, 2016)

 Competitive Civilian Salaries

  • Special salary rates worldwide for engineers
  • Special rates for other occupations based on locality
  • Locality pay based on geographical location
  • Overtime pay or time off for hours over 40 hours per week or 8 hours a day depending on work schedule
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job
  • Annual pay increases or bonuses based on satisfactory performance

 Work/Life Programs

  • Alternative Work Schedules - other than the traditional 8 hour day/40 hour week are available
  • Telework – Activities may authorize employees in eligible positions to perform some duties from home or a telecommuting center.
  • Part-time Employment/Job Sharing
  • Leave Sharing Programs - allow co-workers to transfer leave to others in need
  • Transportation Subsidy - employees taking public transportation/carpools are reimbursed for transportation costs
  • Health & Fitness - many Navy/Marine Corps installations have well-equipped fitness centers available to civilian employees
  • Dependent Care – Navy has outstanding child care programs and referrals to Federal child care centers
  • Tuition Reimbursement - Activities may pay all or part of the necessary expenses of training, including the costs of college tuition for training and education, to improve an employee’s performance of his or her official duties
  • Student Loan Repayment Program – Activities may repay student loans up to annual limits
  • Employee Assistance Programs – The Department of the Navy values its employees and has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services Federal Occupational Health (FOH) to provide a centralized employee assistance and work/life program for employees and their families. The Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program (DONCEAP) provides a wide range of services to employees and their families. Employees can access services 24/7 through the web or by phone. A professionally staffed call center can provide answers to questions, research information, link employees to a wide variety of qualified local services, and provide licensed confidential support to help with difficult issues. DONCEAP consultation services are provided at no charge to civilian employees and their families. DONCEAP is also available to those selectees who have accepted a tentative job offer with DON and are undergoing pre-employment/entrance on duty process to become DON employee. Some fees may apply for additional services beyond the consultation. DONCEAP services are voluntary and confidential within the limits of the law.
    Some of the services available include:
    • Access to licensed counselors who provide in-person, short-term counseling for a wide range of concerns to include relationships, legal, financial, family, substance abuse, depression, parenting, and more
    • Assistance with short-term problem solving, management coaching, and crisis management
    • Help when there is an incident or crisis that affects the workplace - psychological first aide, grief groups, consultation, and education
    • Access to Work-Life specialists who provide information, resources, and referral to:
      • Childcare (daycare, preschools, etc.)
      • Eldercare (assisted living, in-home care, etc.)
      • Daily Life (relocation, event planning, etc.)
      • Family (adoption, prenatal, etc.)
      • Legal and financial (credit and debt, tax tips, identity theft issues, etc.)
      • Child care (nursery-graduate school, etc.)
      • Library of resources including health and wellness articles, presentations, webinars and podcasts

 Other Programs

  • New, prospective employees should explore healthcare options.
  • Government and Armed Forces Travel Cooperative – provide vacation travel services, including discount packages
  • Volunteerism and Community Involvement – flexibility to permit employees to participate
  • Savings Bonds – purchase through payroll deduction
  • Career Development Opportunities