There are three basic types of health benefit plans available:
The Government and the employee share the cost of enrollment. Premiums and coverage are adjusted annually. There is an annual opportunity (open season) to make changes in enrollment. For more comprehensive information, visit the OPM website on Health Benefits
Flexible Spending Accounts
Flexible Spending Accounts
Group Life Insurance
Three insurance options are available to employees with Basic coverage:
For more comprehensive information, visit the OPM website on Life Insurance.
The Social Security Amendments Act of 1983 required newly hired or rehired (with more than a one-year break in federal service covered by CSRS) employees may be covered by social security. On 1 January 1987, the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) became effective. The FERS system is a three tiered system: a basic government pension that is approximately 1% for each year of service times your high-3 average salary; a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which provides employees with a pre-tax savings plan; and complete coverage under the Social Security system.
Most new employees today are covered by the FERS retirement system. For more comprehensive information, visit the OPM website on Retirement.
Thrift Savings Plan
The TSP is a contribution plan. Contributions include those made by the employee and any matching contributions made by the agency. The retirement income received will depend upon how much is contributed to your account during your working years and the earnings on those contributions. Contributions made to the TSP account are voluntary and separate from contributions to the FERS or CSRS annuity. Newly hired employees must wait a certain period of time before they become eligible to participate in TSP. There are two open seasons held each year: May 15 - July 31 and November 15 - January 31.
TSP is an integral part of FERS employee retirement package. FERS participants can contribute up to the IRS limits on regular and catch-up contributions, which are $16,500 and $5,500 respectively for 2009. FERS employees are also entitled to receive Agency contributions. Once a FERS employee is eligible to participate in TSP, the Agency contributes an amount equal to 1% of basic pay each pay period. When FERS employees begin contributing to their TSP account, the Agency makes matching contributions that apply to the first 5% of pay each pay period. Your contributions are matched dollar for dollar for the first 3% and 50 cents on the dollar for the next 2%.
Although CSRS employees do not receive Agency matching or 1% contributions, they may contribute a portion of their basic pay to the TSP. For more comprehensive information, visit the TSP web page.
Student Loan Repayment Program
Alternative Work Schedules (AWS): Most Printing Office Grade (PG) employees may be permitted to work a gliding work schedule or a compressed work schedule. The glide allows some flexibility in the daily arrival time, and the compressed allows an employee to fulfill the 80-hour work requirement in less than 10 workdays.
Overtime Pay: In most cases, any work beyond 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week is overtime paid at "time and a half," that is, base pay plus 50 percent. An employee must work overtime when ordered by the supervisor.
Annual Leave: Full-time employees generally earn 4 hours of annual leave each pay period, or 13 days a year, during the first 3 years of Federal service, 6 hours or 20 days for between 3 and 15 years of service, and 8 hours or 26 days for more than 15 years. Part-time and intermittent employees earn leave in proportion to their number of hours worked.
Sick Leave: Full-time employees accrue 4 hours of sick leave each pay period, or 13 days a year during each year of Federal Service. Unused sick leave may be accumulated without limit.
Mass Transit Subsidy
Parking Lots: The biweekly rate to park in a GPO Lot is low cost. The GPO has several parking lots located in proximity to the buildings.
GPO's Work/Life Programs
GPO's Employee Health and Occupational Resources
Employee Assistance Branch - aids employees with any personal or job-related problem
Fire Protection - responsible for fire prevention and emergency preparedness
Industrial Hygiene - devises engineering controls in the work area so hazardous agents or materials are confined or otherwise kept away from employees
Medical - provides medical care for employees who become injured or ill while at work, as well as a broad range of preventive medicine services
Safety & Health Committees - GPO management and the unions have jointly established committees to monitor safety and health conditions
Environmental Programs - this program ensures that the Agency and its employees conduct their activities in an environmentally responsible manner that complies with applicable laws and regulations
Health Promotion Programs - Health and wellness services and programs include:
Smoking cessation classes
Nutrition and Fitness consultation
Annual GPO Health Fair
World AIDS Day
Federal Fitness Day
GPO's Federal Credit Union (GPOFCU)
GPO History Video
GPO’s Strategic Plan—Customer Centric and Employee Driven
Human Capital Operations
HC Consulting Services