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Benefits for SES Positions

Leave

SES members are entitled to accrue annual leave at the rate of 8 hours per biweekly pay period and can accumulate a total of up to 90 days of annual leave per pay calendar year.  All Federal employees including SES members earn 13 days of sick leave per pay calendar year. There is no ceiling on the amount of sick leave that may be carried over from year to year. 

Home Leave

SES members who have completed 24 months of continuous service outside the United States may be granted leave of absence at a rate not to exceed 1 week for each 4 months of service.  The leave is for use in the United States or if the employee’s residence is outside the are of employment, in its territories or possessions.

Military Leave

An employee is entitled to time off at full pay for certain types of active or inactive duty in the Armed Foreces’ reserves and National Guard.  Any full-time Federal civilian employee whose appointment is not limited to 1 year is entitled to military leave under 5 U.S.C. 6323(a) and (b).

Restoring unused leave

SES members are subject to the same rules on restroation of unused annual leave as other employees covered under the Federal annual and sick leave programs established under chapter 63 of title 5, United States Code.  Annual leave must be scheduled in writing prior to the start of the third biweekly pay period prior to the end of the leave year to be subject to restoration.  Agencies may restore forfeited annual elave if the leave was forfeited because of an administrative error, exigencyof the public business, or sickness of the employee (5U.S.C. 6304(d)).  Annual leave forfeited because of exigencies of the public business may be restored only if the head of the agency or a designee made the determination that such an exigency exists.  Restored leave is placed in a separate account and normally must be used within 2 years. (5 CFR 630.306)

Movement of an SES appointment

If an individual moves from a non-SES appointment to an SES appointment, any annual leave a the time of the move in excess of the employee’s maximum accumulation level is subject to forfeiture, if not used by the beginning of the first full biweekly pay period in th eleave year immediately following entry into the SES. (5CFR 630.301 (f)(1)).  Annual leave can be restored under conditions provided by 5 U.S.C. 6304(d).  Entry into the SEs does not change the time limit under 5 CFR 630.306 during which restored leave must be used to avoid forfeiture.

Liability Insurance

Public Law 106-58 requires Federal agencies to reimburse certain employees for up to one half of the cost of professional liability insurance, subject to the availability of appropriations.

Sabbaticals (career appointees only)

Agency heads may grant up to 11 months during any 10 year period for study or uncompensated work experience contributing to the employee's development and effectiveness. The employee retains salary and benefits, and the agency may grant travel and per diem costs. To be eligible, the employee must have 7 years of executive service (at least 2 years in the SES), not be eligible for retirement, and agree to remain in Government for 2 years after the sabbatical.

Last move home

A career SES appointee is entitled to moving expenses upon retirement if the individual was moved geographically and was eligible for or within 5 years of optional retirement, or was eligible for discontinued service retirement, at the time of the last Federal Government directed move.

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Health Insurance (FEHB)

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Porgram (FLTCIP)

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Retirement (CSRS and FERS)