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A Family-Friendly Workplace

The Department of Energy (DOE) takes its commitment to recruiting, retaining, and motivating a highly skilled, diverse, and productive workforce very seriously. Our objective is to be the employer of choice in the public sector.

The U.S. Department of Energy is the Top-Ranked Cabinet-Level Agency for employee satisfaction and engagement according to the 2005 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Rankings.

Below is a summary of additional employment benefits and family-friendly programs.

Annual and Sick Leave

As a new Federal employee, you will earn both Annual (vacation) leave and Sick leave. Employees earn four hours of Sick leave each pay period during their careers. There is no accrual limit for Sick leave hours, but they belong to the Federal government and are not paid to you if you leave civil service. If you were to leave and later return to civil service, the hours previously accrued would be credited to you.

Annual leave works differently. Employees earn four hours of Annual leave per pay period during their first three years of Federal service. After three years, they earn six hours per pay period; and after 15 years, they earn eight hours per pay period. There is a limit of 240 hours of annual leave that may be carried over from one calendar year to the next. Annual leave belongs to you. This means that if you leave Federal service you will be paid for your accrued hours of Annual leave. It also means that if you leave and return to civil service at a later date, you will start with a zero balance for Annual leave.

Your supervisor approves use of Sick and Annual leave.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) enable eligible employees to pay for certain medical and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. This program is administered by SHPS Inc., of Louisville, Kentucky, not the DOE. Their website contains full information on this program. For more information, visit OPM FSA or FSAFeds.

Subsidy for Energy Employee Transit (SEET)

This program is designed to promote the use of public transportation to conserve energy resources. DOE SEET participants receive a quarterly benefit that can be used to help offset the commuting fare of participating regional transit providers.

Flexible Schedules and Telecommuting

Alternative work schedules (AWS) and telecommuting provide flexible ways for employees to fulfill their duties and responsibilities. Discuss your specific work schedule and telecommuting options with your supervisor.

Exercise and Health/Wellness Facilities

The DOE recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy and fit Federal work force. To that end, our occupational healthcare professionals at the Headquarters Health Units in Forrestal and Germantown provide walk-in care, first-response to emergency situations, first aid treatment, wellness seminars, and other services and programs such as medical screenings and flu shots.

The Forrestal and Germantown complexes have excellent fitness facilities staffed by full-time fitness professionals and equipped with a variety of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. A variety of services are offered, including initial and follow-up fitness evaluations, cholesterol and blood pressure screening, individualized exercise programs, exercise classes, CPR training, and an annual Health Fair.

Child Development Centers

DOE offers quality child-care services for children from three months to five years old. Tuition assistance is available to eligible parents.

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