Homeland Security career opportunities feature competitive starting salaries and the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle. You will enjoy a range of comprehensive and competitive employment benefits that include:

Health Benefits, Insurance and Retirement


The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program can help you and your family meet your health care needs. Federal employees, retirees and their survivors enjoy the widest selection of health plans in the country.

Dental and Vision

Dental and vision benefits are available to eligible federal employees, retirees, and their eligible family members on an enrollee-pay-all basis. The Federal Employees Dental/Vision (FEDVIP) Program allows dental insurance and vision insurance to be purchased on a group basis, which means competitive premiums (withheld on a pre-tax basis) and no pre-existing condition limitations.

Thrift Savings Plan

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a tax-deferred retirement savings and investment plan and is similar to a 401(k). By participating in the TSP, federal employees have the opportunity to save part of their income for retirement, receive matching agency contributions, and reduce their current taxes.

Flexible Spending Accounts

The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) a savings account that helps you pay for items that typically are not covered (for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses).

Life Insurance

The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) provides group term life insurance, which consists of Basic life insurance coverage and three additional options. In most cases, if you are a new Federal employee, you are automatically covered by Basic life insurance and your payroll office deducts premiums from your paycheck unless you waive the coverage.

Long-term Care Insurance

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program provides an important benefit that can help pay long-term care expenses you may incur in the future.

Retirement Plan

It’s never too late to plan for retirement and it’s never too early to learn about your retirement options.

Pay, Vacation, and Leave

Pay Tables

Find information on pay tables, including locality pay.

Personal leave days for vacation, illness, and family care

Find information about personal leave, including annual leave, sick leave, Family and Medical Leave Act, military leave, time off for special circumstances and more.

Paid federal holidays

There are typically 10 public holidays observed each year. 

Work Schedules and Work/Life Balance

Flexible work schedules

You may be able to follow alternative work schedules (AWS) instead of traditional fixed work schedules (e.g., 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week), which can enable employees to have work schedules that help the employee balance work and family or personal responsibilities.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) provide services designed to help employees, managers, and organizations meet life challenges and remain healthy, engaged, and productive. 

Additional Benefits

Other benefits that may be available include:

  • Employee recognition program
  • Training and development
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Transportation subsidies
  • Uniform allowance
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Fitness centers
  • Telework

Benefits information is also available on individual job postings. For specific benefits information, employees should refer to their servicing human resources office.

In addition to the competitive package of benefits above, DHS also offers its employees exciting and challenging work, to include:

  • Goal-oriented projects
  • Networking opportunities
  • Recognition
  • Teamwork and camaraderie
  • Technical and logistical support
  • Innovative work aligned with your interests

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