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Vacation and Sick Leave

Vacation days are earned according to the number of years you have been in the federal service. As a full-time employee, you earn 13 days of annual leave each year during your first three years of employment, 20 days each year for the next 12 years, and 26 days each year after 15 years. You have the option of carrying over up to six weeks of leave from one year to the next. Federal employees also receive paid time off for 10 national holidays. Thirteen days of sick leave are earned each year to cover illness, medical care, and maternity. Sick leave can be accumulated without limit and taken as needed. Time off for family medical care is also available.

Health Insurance

The federal government offers numerous medical insurance plans, covering employees and eligible dependents. For more information, go to: Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or Flexible Spending Accounts

Life Insurance

The federal government offers group life insurance policy options covering employees and eligible dependents under the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program.


The current federal retirement system is one of the premier retirement programs in the country. This flexible, portable system features three retirement components: a retirement pension; a thrift savings plan (employee controlled investment program); and social security.

Quality of Life

  • Career Development
  • Alternate Work Schedule Options
  • Telecommuting
  • Employee Assistance Program (employee counseling)
  • Relocation program (for placement in some positions)
  • Education assistance: On-the-job and formal training, as well as tuition assistance/reimbursement
  • Educational seminars and cultural events (at some locations)


  • Free parking
  • City bus access (Montana State Office)

Further details on benefits can be found at www.opm.gov