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Benefits

Federal employees have access to a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance their wellness, education, and work-life balance. Below you will find the time frames for enrolling in the various benefits programs as well as an explanation of the benefits offered to all employees. 

Time Frames for Enrolling

Within 60 days AFTER entry-on-duty date:

Any time AFTER entry-on-duty date:

Explanation of Benefits for New Employees

Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB)
Purpose:
This program provides comprehensive health insurance. It allows you to choose from approximately 180 health care plans, including Fee-for-Service (FFS) plans, and their Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), or Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), if you live (or sometimes if you work) within the area serviced by the plan. Generally, premiums are shared by you and USCIS.
Instructions: Choose the plan that is suitable to your marital status, lifestyle and medical status. Enter the information for your plan on the Form SF-2809, Health Benefits Election.  You must submit the completed Form SF-2809 within 60 days of your date of employment to: 

USCIS Human Resources Operations Center
Attn: Benefits and Retirement Branch
70 Kimball Avenue
S. Burlington, VT 05403 

Who Submits: New employees, non-DHS employees, temporary employees

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Federal Employee Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP)
Purpose: This program provides supplemental comprehensive dental and vision insurance and allows you to choose from 7 dental plans and 3 vision plans. You pay the entire premium.
Instructions: Enter the site and follow the instructions provided. You must submit the completed form within 60 days of your date of employment to: 

USCIS Human Resources Operations Center
Attn: Benefits and Retirement Branch
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05403 

Who Submits: New employees, non-DHS employees, temporary employees 

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Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)
Purpose: This program provides group term life insurance. If you are eligible you are automatically covered under basic life insurance unless you choose to waive the coverage. You may elect optional coverage for yourself and/or eligible family members. The entire premium is paid by you. 
Instructions: Read and complete the Standard Form-2817 located on the site if you desire optional insurance. You must submit the completed form within 31 days of your date of employment to: 

USCIS Human Resources Operations Center
Attn: Benefits and Retirement Branch
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05403 

Who Submits: New employees, non-DHS employees, temporary employees

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SAMBA Employee Benevolent Fund (EBF)
Purpose:  The Special Agents Mutual Benefit Association (SAMBA) program provides an array of insurance plans to meet employee needs. These include the comprehensive SAMBA Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) plan, life insurance for you and your family, dental and vision insurance, disability income protection insurance, and more.
SAMBA is a not-for-profit federal employee benefit association that works closely with top-rated insurance providers to create plans at affordable rates to fill the specific needs of its members and their families.  
Instructions; Access the site and follow instructions.  Forward a completed copy within 60 days of employment to:

USCIS Human Resources Operations Center
Attn: Benefits and Retirement Branch
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05403

Who Submits: New employees, non-DHS employees, temporary employees

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Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)
Purpose: This program provides long-term care insurance coverage to eligible employees to help pay for costs of care when enrollees need help with activities they perform every day or if they have a cognitive disability such as Alzheimer's disease. Certain medical conditions will prevent some people from being approved for coverage.
Instructions: Access the site and apply to find out if you are eligible to enroll.
Who Submits: All new employees, non-DHS employees, temporary employees

Federal Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAFEDS)
Purpose: This is an account that allows you to contribute money from your salary before taxes are withheld in order to get reimbursed for your out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses.
Instructions: Access the account and follow the instructions. Forward a completed copy within 60 days of employment to:

USCIS Human Resources Operations Center
Attn: Benefits and Retirement Branch
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05403

Who Submits: New employees, non-DHS employees, temporary employees

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Retirement
Purpose: This site provides information on retirement and available services. 
Instructions: Access the site and follow instructions.
Who Submits: New employees, non-DHS employees, temporary employees

Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
Purpose:
This is one of the federal government’s retirement plans that provide benefits from three different sources: the Basic Benefit Plan, Social Security and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The Basic Benefit and Social Security parts of FERS require you to pay a share each pay period. USCIS withholds the cost of the Basic Benefit and Social Security portions from your pay as payroll deductions. Upon retirement, you receive annuity payments each month for the rest of your life.
Instructions:  Access the site and follow instructions.
Who Submits: New employees, non-DHS employees

Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)
Purpose:
This is one of the federal government’s retirement plans for federal employees hired before January 1, 1987.  You share in the expense of the annuities to which you are entitled. You contribute 7, 7&1/2 or 8 percent of your pay to CSRS and while you, generally, do not pay Social Security retirement, survivor and disability (OASDI) tax, you must pay the Medicare tax.  USCIS matches your contributions.  You may also contribute a portion of your pay to the Thrift Savings Plan and it is tax-deferred; however, there is no USCIS contribution.  For more information, see the following Thrift Savings Plan website.
Instructions:  Access the site and follow instructions.
Who Submits: Federal employees hired before January 1, 1987.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
Purpose:
This is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees and members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve. It offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans. The TSP is a defined contribution plan, meaning that the retirement income you receive from your TSP account will depend on how much you (and your agency, if you are eligible to receive agency contributions) put into your account during your working years and the earnings accumulated over that time. Visit www.tsp.gov each year to determine the amount of annual contributions.
Instructions: Access the site and follow instructions on how to enroll.
Who Submits: New employees, non-DHS employees

U.S. Savings Bonds
Purpose:
You can save a portion of your earnings each pay period by investing in U.S. savings bonds. Through your purchase of savings bonds, you participate in the financing of the federal government while at the same time making a safe investment. The savings bonds program operates via payroll direct deposit, just like any other payroll allotment.  
Instructions: Access the site, open a TreasuryDirect account, set up an allotment for payroll direct deposit, and follow instructions. TreasuryDirect is the first and only financial services website that lets you buy savings bonds and treasury notes from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in paperless electronic form. Contact the USCIS Payroll Office for more information
Who Submits: New employees, non-DHS employees, temporary employees

Social Security
You will earn Social Security credit while working with the federal government. Social Security provides for your future retirement benefits, disability protection, Medicare and supplemental security income. A portion of your pay will be deducted for Social Security benefits. Access the site to learn more about Social Security benefits.

Employee Personal Page (EPP)
Purpose:
This automated self-service system, managed by the USCIS payroll system and the National Finance Center (NFC) that allows you to initiate the processing of certain personnel-payroll transactions electronically. For example, the system allows you to view your Earnings & Leave statement and make changes to your financial allotments, health benefits, Thrift Savings Plan, direct deposit, federal and state tax withholdings, home address listing, and more.
Instructions:  NFC will automatically grant you access to the page within 30-45 days of employment (after receipt of first paycheck.). Follow instructions when received
Who Submits: No submission is required.  New employees, non-DHS employees and temporary employees will be granted access as noted above.

Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF)
Purpose: The eOPF is an automated, electronic self-service system that allows you to view and print any document within your official personnel folder. It contains records that cover your employment history as a civilian federal employee and includes Notifications of Personnel Actions (Forms SF-50s), health-benefit and life insurance forms, and designation of beneficiaries, among other items.

Instructions:  After you are paid for the first time, submit an email to request access to eopfhrburlington@dhs.gov. You must include the last four digits of your Social Security number when requesting access. After you receive access information, visit https://eopf.nbc.gov/dhs/ and enter your access information. You will then be able to view and print documents contained in your personnel folder.
Who Submits:  New employees, non-DHS employees, temporary employees

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Designation of Beneficiary Forms

Form SF-2823, Designation of Beneficiary for Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program
FEGLI enrollees and assignees use this form to designate who should receive the death benefits. NOT required if the enrollee or assignee has not filed a previous designation of beneficiary and is satisfied with the standard order of precedence.  

Form SF-3102, Designation of Beneficiary for Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)  
FERS employees use this form to designate who should receive their death benefits. 

Form SF-1152, Designation of Beneficiary for Unpaid Compensation of Deceased Civilian Employee
USCIS employees use this form to designate who should receive their unpaid compensation (pay).

Form SF-2808, Designation of Beneficiary for Civil Service Retirement System (if applicable)
USCIS employees use this form to designate who should receive their retirement compensation.  Employees are responsible for sending completed SF-2808 forms directly to the Office of Personnel Management (address is on the form). 

Form TSP-3, Designation of Beneficiary for Thrift Savings Plan
USCIS employees use this form to designate who should receive their TSP funds.  Employees are responsible for sending completed TSP-3 forms directly to the Thrift Savings Plan (address is on the form).

All applicable beneficiary forms should be completed and sent (with the exception of the SF-2808 and TSP-3 forms) as soon as possible to:

USCIS Human Resources Operations Center
Attn: Benefits and Retirement Branch
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05403

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/10/2012