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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Washington, DC 20590

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What We Offer

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) offers an extensive catalog of learning and development programs - accessible to all employees, at all grade levels - through its Office of Human Resources Talent Development Division. In fact, FHWA has developed a culture of learning that emphasizes the message that every employee is a leader. It is no mistake that this culture of personal, professional, and organizational development has enabled FHWA to continuously be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®.

Our vision is to empower all FHWA employees to discover and reach their greatest potential.

FHWA offers opportunities for:

  • Personal development (through continual learning);
  • Technical development (through FHWA’s Knowledge Management Program);
  • Leadership development (individual or organization-based)
  • Core/Soft skills, emotional intelligence (i.e. communication, time management, self-awareness)

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups that foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. United States Department of Transportation employees may participate in ERGs throughout the Department, with some FHWA-specific options also available, including:

  • African American Leaders in Transportation (AALT)
  • Hispanic Engagement Initiative (HEI)
Benefit Your Options Who’s Covered? Who Pays?
Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Multiple national and regional plan choices:
  • Fee for Service Plans with Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
  • Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO)
  • High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Arrangement
  • Consumer Driven Plans
  • Self
  • Self + 1
  • Self & Family
  • Employee/Agency Funded
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) Dental:
  • 6 National Plans
  • 4 Regional Plans
  • 5 Nationwide Plans
  • Self
  • Self + 1
  • Self & Family
  • Employee (pre-tax)
Benefit Your Options Who’s Covered? Who Pays?
Health Care Spending Account (HCSFA) Health care flexible spending account:
  • Reimburse qualified out-of-pocket medical, dental & vision costs
  • HSA participants with HDHP may use only for qualified out-of-pocket vision & dental costs
  • Employee
  • Eligible dependents
  • Employee contribute up to $2,750/calendar year (pre-tax); can carry over up to $550 into the next calendar year
Dependent Care (DCSFA)
  • Reimburse qualified out-of-pocket dependent child or adult daycare costs
  • Eligible dependents
  • Employee contribute up to $10,500/calendar year (pre-tax)
Benefit Your Options Who’s Covered? Who Pays?
Transit Account
  • Up to $270/month for mass transit subsidy
  • Employee
  • FHWA
Benefit Your Options Who’s Covered? Who Pays?
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
Retirement Savings and Investment Plan similar to 401(k)
  • For FERS employees, FHWA automatically contributes 1% of base pay (vested at 3 years)
  • For FERS employees, FHWA matches employee contributions up to 5%:
    • 100% up to 3%
    • 50% for next 2%
  • Employee contributions vest immediately
Pre-/After-Tax Employee Contributions
  • For FERS and CSRS employees, contributions may be pre-tax or after-tax (Roth)
  • Employee
  • FHWA
  • Employee contribution limits (2021):
    • Regular: $19,500 / calendar year
    • Catch-Up (age 50+): an additional $6,500/calendar year
Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) 1
Defined Benefit Pension
Provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits:
  • Employee contributions are based on years of Federal civilian service and position of record
  • Vested at 5 years
  • Employee
  • FHWA contributes percentage of employee base pay (varies by fiscal year)
  • Employee
Long Term Care (LTC)
  • Covers cost of certain long-term care services, including facility based care and in-home care
  • Employee
  • Qualified relatives
  • Employee or enrollee

1 Mandatory Program for all federal employees.

Benefit Your Options Who’s Covered? Who Pays?
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Basic
  • Employee’s annual salary rounded up to next
$1,000 + $2,000
  • Enrolled automatically unless waived
  • Must enroll in Basic to add optional coverage
Option A – Standard
  • $10,000
Option B – Additional
  • 1-5x salary rounded up to next $1,000
Option C – Family
  • Multiples of $5,000 for spouse up to $25,000
  • Multiples of $2,500 up to $12,500 per child
  • Employee
  • Spouse and/or eligible children under Option C
  • Employee/Agency funded
Optional – A, B, and C
  • Employee
Benefit Your Options Who’s Covered? Who Pays?
Flexible Work Schedules
  • Three options available to employees to match their work-life balance.
  • Full and Part Time positions available
  • Employee
  • FHWA
Employee Assistance Program
  • Financial & legal services
  • Dedicated 24/7 toll free number
  • Up to 6 free counseling sessions
  • Assistance for professional & personal issues
  • Employee
  • Family
  • FHWA
Telework Program
  • Telework options for approved positions
  • Employee
  • FHWA
Voluntary Leave
Transfer Program (VLTP)
  • Employees donate/receive annual leave for absences related to prolonged medical illness
  • Employee
  • FHWA
Nursing Mothers Program
  • Lactation rooms- varies by location
  • Employee
  • FHWA

* This information is a summary of benefits generally available to permanent employees. Some benefits may also be available to temporary employees. Please refer to each Benefits Plan document or policy for detailed information. If there is any discrepancy between the information provided here and the Benefits Plan or policy document, please defer to the Benefits Plan document or policy.

Page last modified on December 14, 2022