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Benefits

Every career at the CBP is a rewarding one. In addition to serving your country with the certainty that your work makes a difference, CBP offers a comprehensive benefits package to reflect the dedication and contributions of our employees. Select a category below to learn more.

 

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Leave

Leave can fall under many different categories, the most common being annual leave and sick leave. As a new employee to the Federal government, you are entitled to both annual and sick leave beginning the first day of your new job.

New full-time employees earn 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave per pay period, for the first three years on the job. After three years you will begin to earn 6 hours of annual leave for each pay period. You are allowed to carry over 240 hours of annual leave over at the end of each leave year.

For more information on leave please review the fact sheets on the various leave programs on OPM's website.

Employee TypeLess than 3 years of service3 years but less than 15 years of service15 or more years of service
Full-time employees½ day (4 hours) for each pay period3/4 day (6 hours) for each pay period, except 1¼ day (10 hours) in last pay period1 day (8 hours) for each pay period
Part-time employees1 hour of annual leave for each 20 hours in a pay status1 hour of annual leave for each 13 hours in a pay status1 hour of annual leave for each 10 hours in a pay status
Uncommon tours of duty(4 hours) times (average # of hours per biweekly pay period) divided by 80 = biweekly accrual rate.(6 hours) times (average # of hours per biweekly pay period) divided by 80 = biweekly accrual rate.(8 hours) times (average # of hours per biweekly pay period) divided by 80 = biweekly accrual rate.

Disabled Veteran Leave (Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015)

Under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-75, November 5, 2015), an employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs is entitled to up to 104 hours of disabled veteran leave for the purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability.

An eligible employee will receive the appropriate amount of disabled veteran leave as of the employee’s “first day of employment,” as defined below. Disabled veteran leave is a one-time benefit provided to an eligible employee. The employee will have a single, continuous 12-month eligibility period, beginning on the “first day of employment” in which to use the leave or it will be forfeited with no opportunity to carry over the leave into subsequent years. An employee may not receive a lump-sum payment for any unused or forfeited leave under any circumstance.

For complete details about the new Disabled Veteran Leave entitlement, see the Disabled Veteran Leave Fact Sheet on OPM’s website.

Holidays

Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the public holidays listed in these pages for Federal employees. Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

2020 Holiday Schedule

DateHoliday
Wednesday, January Wednesday, January 1New Year's Day
Monday, January 20Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, February 17*Washington's Birthday
Monday, May 25Memorial Day
Friday, July 3**Independence Day
Monday, September 7Labor Day
Monday, October 12Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 26Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 25Christmas Day

*This holiday is designated as "Washington’s Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

**July 4, 2020 (the legal public holiday for Independence Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, July 3, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)

Family Care Programs

CBP Backup Care

CBP Backup Care helps employees find safe, temporary care for children, adults, pets and self-care when their regular care plans are disrupted due to:

  • Planned events  (holidays, caregiver vacations, travel)
  • Unplanned events (overtime, caregiver / self-illness,  illness, school closures, child is mildly ill and can’t go to school, business travel)
  • Injury (You need help recovering from a personal illness or injury in order to return to work)

Employees can choose from the following care options:

  • In-Network Center Based or in-home care providers nationwide
  • Out of Network Providers of the members choice
  • Friend and Family

Employees are eligible for (no income requirements):

  • 5 visits per employee per fiscal year for a co-pay of $20.00 per visit
  • $75.00 reimbursement for Friends and Family care – per family, per day

Childcare Subsidy Program

The Child Care Subsidy Program applies to full and part-time employees whose children are under the age 13, or disabled under the age of 18, and are enrolled, or will be enrolled in licensed family child care homes or center-based child care.  The child care must be licensed and regulated by State and/or local authorities.  Before/After school care and camps may qualify too.

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Fitness and Recreation Programs

​At CBP, we believe in supporting employees' efforts to improve their physical health by conducting fitness events such as walking challenges, by providing health information, and by offering support for healthy lifestyle choices.

Health Insurance

Staff health is of the utmost importance to CBP. CBP staff are eligible to choose from a variety of premium federal health insurance programs. Programs available include:

Note that you may be eligible to keep your health insurance in retirement and pay the same subsidized premium as you did as an employee. Learn more about the continued health insurance benefits for you and your family in retirement.

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Flexible Spending Plans

Flexible Spending Accounts allows eligible employees to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. You may choose to make a voluntary allotment from your salary to your FSA account(s). You will not pay taxes on your allotments.

You have 60 days from your entry on duty date to sign-up for FSA accounts, or until October 1, whichever comes first. If you wish to enroll after October 1, you will need to do so during the open season, which is mid-November to mid-December, with an effective date of January 1 of the following year. For further FSA information and/or to enroll, please visit the FSAFEDS website or call 1-877-FSA-FEDS.

Life Insurance

A keystone of financial planning is making sure that your family and loved ones are taken care of financially, even after your death. CBP offers several federal life insurance programs to help you achieve your financial planning goals. Federal Life Insurance Programs available to officers include:

Retirement

Employees that retire from CBP can count on the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to enjoy life after working. FERS includes the following three streams of income:

  1. Thrift Savings Plan: Similar to a 401(k) plan, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a defined contribution plan designed to give federal employees the same retirement savings related benefits that workers in the private sector enjoy with 401(k) plans. Contributions to the plan are automatically deducted from each paycheck, the amount which is chosen by employees, and is transferable if you change employers. An additional benefit to the TSP is employer matching contributions; up to 5% of your base salary. Learn more.
  2. FERS Basic Annuity: CBP employees may be eligible for the generous FERS basic annuity. This guaranteed lifetime pension, paid to retirees is a percentage of your highest average basic pay you earned during any 3 consecutive years of service. Learn more.
  3. Social Security: You receive social security retirement payments, the benefits of which are transferable when you change employers. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits.

Salary

Your salary varies based on your GS level and the locality that you work in. Navigate the OPM pay tables to learn how much you are eligible to make in your locality.

Student Loan Repayment

When a position is determined to be hard to fill, the Student Loan Repayment Program authorizes CBP to repay federal student loans of employees as a recruitment and retention tool. Upon the signing of a service agreement, up to $60,000 may be repaid on behalf of a CBP employee.

Thrift Savings Plan

The TSP is the Federal government's version of the public sector's 401K plan. It is a retirement savings and investment plan in which you do not pay taxes on your contributions and earnings until they are withdrawn from your account. Because TSP contributions are a major portion of the total retirement package of FERS, participation is especially encouraged for employees who are covered by that retirement plan.

New employees covered by either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) may contribute up to $18,500 (in calendar year 2018) to the TSP via payroll deductions. The TSP maximum contribution level for Federal employees each calendar year is equal to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Annual Elective Deferral Limit.

Beginning August 1, 2010, all newly hired or rehired employees covered by either FERS or CSRS who are eligible to participate in the TSP have automatic enrollment in the TSP. This means the Agency automatically withdraws 3 percent from the new/rehired employee's basic pay as a contribution to the TSP unless the employee declines to contribute or decides to contribute a different amount by completing a new election via the Employee Personal Page (EPP) prior to the end of the first pay period. After the first pay period new employees have 90 days to opt out and receive a refund of all employee contributions and earnings from the automatic enrollment. The TSP does not refund the Agency matching contributions; those contributions are forfeited to the TSP. TSP will provide information about the refund process in the "Welcome to TSP" letter sent to all new employees.

FERS employees immediately receive Agency contributions comprised of an Agency Automatic Contribution (1%) and Agency Matching Contributions on the first 5 percent contributed by the employee. The match is dollar for dollar for the first 3 percent and 50 cents on the dollar for the remaining 2 percent. The 3 percent automatic enrollment is matched by the Agency, meaning the employee will have 6 percent invested in the TSP while contributing only 3 percent of their own money plus the 1 percent Agency Automatic Contribution.

CSRS employees who are rehires and eligible for TSP receive the automatic enrollment. However, CSRS employees do not receive Agency contributions. See the summary of the Thrift Saving Plan on the TSP website at https://www.tsp.gov/index.html.

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Education and Training

Education and training should be part of every CBP employee's career development. Employees have access to a variety of training programs. All new employees attend a basic orientation, and most receive-on-the-job and formal classroom training through a wide variety of internal courses.