Phoenix Regional Office, Human Resources, Federal Benefits
Benefits of Federal Employment: The information below summarizes many of the benefits that are available to VA employees and eligible family members:
Awards and Incentives - The Phoenix VARO offers a wide range of recognition awards such as performance based awards, quality step increases, special contribution, and suggestion awards.
Child Care Subsidy Program - Applies to employees whose children are under the age of 13 or disabled and under the age of 18 and are enrolled, or will be enrolled in, licensed family child care homes or center-based child care. The childcare provider must be licensed and/or regulated by State and/or local authorities.
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) - FEDVIP is a voluntary benefits program that provides supplemental dental and vision insurance coverage. You may enroll in dental insurance only, vision insurance only, neither, or both.
Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) - FEHB is a voluntary health insurance program offered to permanent Federal employees and employees with appointments for more than one year. The program offers coverage under fee-for-service and health maintenance organizations (HMO) plans.
Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) -FEGLI is a voluntary term life insurance program offered to permanent Federal employees and employees with appointments for more than one year. The program offers Basic Life, Standard, Additional, and Family Option coverage.
Federal Retirement Systems - The Federal Government has two different retirement systems: the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Your government retirement system is automatic andgenerally requires no elections from you.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) - Allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
Paid Sick Leave - Full-time employees accrue 13 days paid sick leave annually.
Paid Vacation Time - Full-time employees earn 13 to 26 days paid vacation days per year depending on length of service.
Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) - Reimburses law enforcement officers, supervisors, and managers for up to one-half of the cost of professional liabilityinsurance, protecting them from potential liability and attorney’s fees for actions arising out of the conduct of official duties.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP ) - TSP is a tax-deferred retirement savings account. You can voluntarily contribute to TSP and may qualify for automatic and matching agency contributions.
Training - The VA has an extensive training program offering on-the-job, formal classroom, and computer-based classes. We also offer tuition reimbursement for approved job related continuing education.
Transit Subsidy - If you regularly commute to and from work using mass transit, you may be eligible for a Transit Subsidy. The amount of subsidy authorized is based on your monthly public transit commuting costs. For more information about Transit Subsidy go to: http://vaww4.va.gov/ofcadmin/transben_page.asp
Wellness Center - The Phoenix VA Regional Office offers a fitness center with a full range of conditioning equipment. Trained specialists, who provide personnel training services as well as group classes, staff the center.