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Insurance and Retirement


With the widest selection of health plans in the country, you can choose the coverage that fits the needs of you and your family. This program provides group rates which lower the cost to the employee and also allows enrollments without question of whether you have a pre-existing condition.

Dental and Vision

Supplement dental and vision coverage is available to you at group rates and pre-tax premiums.


The retirement benefit is a three-tiered benefit program comprised of the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Social Security and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Maximum participation in these programs will ensure a financially secure retirement.

Life Insurance

The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) provides life insurance coverage for you and your family. You are automatically enrolled in the Basic plan which is valued at your annual salary, plus $2,000. In addition to the Basic coverage, you may elect Standard ($10,000) and Optional coverage providing up to five times your salary.

TSA Benefits

Learn about the extensive federal employee benefits TSA offers.

Competitive Employment Benefits

Our comprehensive federal benefits package provides employees with the best possible options throughout their careers.

Other Benefits and Perks

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan similar to the traditional 401(k) and Roth IRA. The TSP supplements your FERS retirement and is an important piece to your retirement planning. By contributing 5% each pay day, TSA will match the savings and over time your investments will grow.

The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) allows you to save money for healthcare expenses with a Health Care or Limited Expense Health Care FSA. Think of it as a savings account that helps you pay for items that typically aren’t covered by your health, dental or vision plans. FSAFEDS also offers a Dependent Care account that can be used to pay for dependent care expenses.

TSA employees accrue time for vacation (annual leave) and sick leave every pay period. Sick leave accrues at the rate of four hours per bi-weekly pay period. The annual leave accrual rate is based on your tenure, full or part-time status and career level.


For more information on Accrual Rates, visit the OPM Pay and Leave pageOPM Pay and Leave page.

For full-time employees, overtime hours may include any hours beyond the 8-hour workday or 40-hour workweek, which are ordered in advance by management. For part-time employees, overtime hours are any hours beyond the compressed work schedule for a day (must be more than 8 hours) or for a week (must be more than 40 hours).

Depending on their position, many of our employees are immersed in extensive training programs and given a network of trusted resources so they may grow into confident, knowledgeable professionals. For example, TSO candidates attend training at Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) to prepare them for their new roles in government service.

In certain geographic locations, TSA will provide transportation subsidies to offset commuting costs.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are component-specific programs that provide a variety of useful resources to Department of Homeland Security employees and their families, including dependent care resources, financial consultation, legal aid, counseling services and referrals to a variety of other service providers.