Health Benefits

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) is designed for federal employees and their families. FEHBP offers federal employees, retirees, and their survivors a wide selection of health plans.

Life Insurance

The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) is the largest group life insurance program in the world. FEGLI provides group term life insurance and most federal employees are eligible for coverage.


The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) guarantees each employee a specific monthly payment based on the employee's age, length of creditable service, and "high three" average salary. FERS employees also pay Social Security taxes and may participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP is a tax-deferred retirement saving and investment plan that offers the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans.


GAO observes 10 federal holidays each year.

Flexible Work Schedules

With management-approved schedules, employees can adjust their work schedules around their personal lives.

Vacation / Leave

For the first 3 years of government service, employees earn 13 days of vacation each year. For 3 to 15 years of federal service, employees earn 20 days of vacation each year, and after 15 years of federal service, employees earn 26 days of vacation each year. Thirty days of annual leave may be carried over to the next leave year.

Sick Leave

Regardless of the length of service, employees earn 13 days of sick leave a year. The amount of sick leave that may be accumulated is not limited.

Other Leave

There are provisions for paid or unpaid leave to cover absences for maternity leave, military obligations, jury duty, and voting. GAO is covered by the provisions in the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Federal Employees Family Friendly Leave Act.

Telework Opportunities

With approved telework schedules, most employees can work from their homes or from other approved locations for some portion of their work week. Participation in this program is voluntary and subject to management approval.

Student Loan Repayment Program

Many newly hired employees are eligible to participate in this program, which allows GAO to repay lenders for federal student loans when recipients sign employment service agreements to remain at GAO for 3 years.

Building Amenities

GAO’s headquarters building features a fitness center, day care center, credit union, cafeteria, and snack bar. The amenities available at our field offices differ from location to location.