Do Postal Service employees have the same retirement benefits as other federal employees?

The basic structure of the health insurance and life insurance programs are the same. However, under the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance program, USPS pays the entire cost of Basic insurance, in contrast to the one-third paid by employing agencies for federal workers in general.

Also, USPS pays a greater share toward Federal Employees Health Benefits program premiums for its employees. This higher share does not apply to retirees, however; postal retirees pay the same premium rates as retirees of other agencies. It further operates a separate health plan for its non-career employees.

USPS operates a flexible spending account program that is similar to but separate from the FSAFeds program applying to other agencies.