What is the purpose of this section? This section establishes procedures for the Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
Does this directive cancel an existing FHWA directive? No. This is a new section that has been added to the Personnel Management Manual (PMM).
What reference was used when writing this section? The FSA website was used when writing this section.
What is the FSA Program? The FSA Program is a program for Federal employees that can help save them money on health and dependent care. The FSA Program allows employees to set funds aside before taxes to pay for a wide range of common expenses. The FSA Program offers two kinds of flexible spending accounts:
The Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA). The HCFSA can be used to pay for health care expenses not covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) or any other insurance. The HCFSA covers eligible health care expenses for employees, their spouses, and their dependents.
The Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA). The DCFSA can be used to pay for dependent care expenses that allow the employee, and his/her spouse, if married, to work, look for work, or attend school full-time. The DCFSA covers eligible expenses for care of:
Dependent children under age 13; and/or
A person of any age whom the employee claims as a dependent on his/her Federal income tax return and who is mentally or physically incapable of caring for himself/herself.
Who is the administrator for the FSA Program? The Office of Personnel Management selected Strategic Health and Productivity Solutions (SHPS), Inc., as the third party administrator to manage the day-to-day FSA Program.
How do I enroll in the FSA Program? Employees may enroll in the FSA Program either by phone at 1-877-372-3337 or via the FSA website.