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Pay and Benefits

Eligibility Benefits Handbook/LifeCare FSAFEDs
Calendar Employee Page Salary Transit


pay and benefits

The Department of Justice (DOJ), National Security Division (NSD) is committed to public service. We are also committed to our employees through our generous pay and benefits program. You will learn more about this once you start at NSD. This page will give you important information on your pay and benefits prior to your arrival. As always, if you have any questions, please contact your Human Resources Specialist.

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While most benefits are available to all employees, some are not. To help you understand what benefits you are entitled to as a DOJ employee, please contact your Human Resources Specialist.

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Once you know what benefits you can receive as a DOJ employee, we want you to be able to explore them and begin to understand them. To understand more about your benefits, please visit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website.

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Benefits Information on the NSD Employee Handbook and LifeCare sites

The NSD online Employee Handbook and LifeCare websites offer a wealth of information on Federal benefits and policies. Please explore both sites to learn more about Federal benefits, polices, and NSD sections.

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Flexible Spending Accounts

As an FSAFEDS participant, you will experience tax savings benefits that come with a flexible spending account. Whether you are contributing $250 or $5,000 to your account, you will be paying less in taxes and putting more money into your pocket. Be sure to explore FSAFEDS soon because newly hired employees have 60 days after their start date to enroll in the FSAFEDS Program. Learn more about:

  • The many health care expenses that are eligible;

  • How day care expenses are also covered;

  • How easy it is to use;

  • By visiting: www.FSAFEDS.com.

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Pay Calendar

NSD employees, like most other Federal employees, are paid every two weeks. The official DOJ payday falls on Thursdays. However, most of the time, electronic funds are sent to your financial institution the weekend before. Funds are actually available to you based on your financial institution’s policies, so be sure to check with them.

Here'€™s a link to the pay calendar.

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Employee Personal Page

Your pay, leave, and other important personal information about the benefits you selected can be found on the Federal Employee Personal Page.

Note: New employee accounts take up to three weeks from the start date to become active within the system.

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Salary and Wages

When you accepted your position at NSD, a specific salary was agreed upon. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) governs pay for all Federal employees. You can review official pay charts by visiting the OPM web site.

  • Executive Schedule (not SES): Executive level pay information.
  • Senior Executive Service: NSD has an approved performance management system for senior executives, so your pay is in the "certified" pay band.
  • General Schedule: Most NSD employees are covered under the General Schedule (GS) pay system. GS pay varies based on where your duty station is- this is called locality pay. Be sure you check the pay chart for your area. If your area has no locality pay, then use the "Rest of the United States" pay chart.
  • Administrative Law Judges, Senior Leader, Scientific and Professional
  • Wage Grade: Use CURRENT APF WAGE SCHEDULES and follow the link to the appropriate geographic area and then select the link to the pay files. When you get to the pay files, select the one with the most recent date.
  • Other Pay Systems: If you have questions about other pay systems, contact your Human Resources Specialist.

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Commuter Transit Subsidy Program

Federal employees who use public transportation to and from work can receive a subsidy from the DOJ to cover all or part of this cost. The DOJ has a transit subsidy coordinator who can provide you with specific information about the program and the current maximum subsidy amount. The Coordinator is located in the NSD Executive Office.

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Updated December 4, 2017

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