Information on Federal Benefits from the Federal Employees Almanac


Chapter 1, Section 9: Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible spending accounts, or FSAs, are employer-established benefit plans that reimburse employees for specified expenses. They are funded through salary reduction arrangements under which employees receive less take-home pay in exchange for tax-advantaged contributions to their accounts.

Chapter 10, Section 1: Office of Personnel Management

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government's central human resources agency, is an independent agency within the Executive Branch. Its director and deputy director are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Chapter 10, Section 7: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Settlements

Each of the federal appeals agencies employs various alternative dispute resolution techniques and settlement initiatives to adjudicate matters over which it has jurisdiction, and each is engaged in substantial outreach efforts to encourage potential litigants to use their respective ADR and settlement processes.

Chapter 11, Section 1: Federal Travel and Transportation Policies

Federal employee travel is governed by the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) published in Chapters 300 through 304 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations by the General Services Administration (GSA).

Chapter 11, Section 2: Relocation Allowances

A number of situations can entitle an employee to receive a relocation expenses allowance, per Chapter 302 of the Federal Travel Regulation.

Chapter 11, Section 3: Travel and Relocation Payment Appeals

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has authority to resolve questions involving payment of claims for reimbursement of expenses that federal employees incurred while on official temporary duty travel and claims for reimbursement of expenses incurred in connection with relocation to a new duty station.

Chapter 12, Section 4: Postal Employee Benefits

Postal employees generally receive the same benefits as other federal employees with a few exceptions