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    Federal Technician Program

Types of Technician Employment

  • Excepted Positions: Must be a member of the Illinois National Guard (Air or Army)
  • Competitive Positions: Open to Civilians

New permanent appointments to full time positions are covered under the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). Permanent employees are entitled to the same benefits as other permanent federal employees.

Benefits include:

  • Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds)
    Allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. You may choose to make a voluntary allotment from your salary to your FSAFEDS account(s). You will not pay employment or income taxes on your allotments and your employing agency also avoids paying employment taxes. For further information on FSAFeds, visit the their web site at

  • Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB)
    One of the most valuable benefits of the Federal employment. For further information on the FEHB program visit the Office of Personnel Management web site at

  • Annual Leave (Vacation Days)
    This time is used for vacations, rest, relaxation and personal business or emergencies. New full-time employees earn 4 hours of annual leave each 2 week pay period. When you have 3 years of service this increases to 6 hours every 2 weeks and at 15 years it increases to 8 hours every 2 weeks. Most military (title 10) service counts towards the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Sick leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, care of a family member with a serious health condition and adoption related purposes. Full time employees earn 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks. You can accrue this leave without limit.

  • Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI)
    Offers Basic Life Insurance equal to your annual pay, rounded up to the next higher $1,000 plus $2,000. There are also three types of optional insurance (Option A Standard, Option B Additional, and Option C Family). For further information on the FEGLI program visit the Office of Personnel Management web site at

  • Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)
    Provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses and adult children. If you're newly employed in a position that conveys eligibility for FEHB coverage, you can apply for long term care insurance, even if you don't enroll in the FEHB program. For further information on the FLTCIP program visit their web site at

  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
    You are able to make tax-deferred contributions to the TSP and a portion is matched by the Government. The agency will invest 1.00 for every 1.00 you invest for the first 3 percent of your basic salary, and 50 cents for each 1.00 you invest for the next 2 percent of your basic salary. The agency contributions are not taken out of your salary; they are an extra benefit to you. You can start, change, stop and resume TSP contributions at any time. There is not waiting period except for matching contributions. For further information on the TCP program visit their web site at

  • Federal Employees' Dental & Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)
    This program is for technicians that would like to enroll into a dental and/or vision plan. There are no enrollment forms. Enrollment is done online or by calling BENEFEDS directly. Please visit their website at