There are five general types of allowances and incentives: foreign travel per diem allowances, cost of living allowances, recruitment and retention incentives, quarters allowances, and other allowances. For detailed information, please click here.
Vacation/Personal Leave; maximum ceiling or limitation of accrual is 30 days per leave year for employees assigned to the US; maximum ceiling or limitation of accrual is 45 days per leave year for employees assigned overseas.
The Department sponsors two on-site child care centers: Columbia Plaza or State Department Annex-1, across the street from the Harry S. Truman Building between 21st and 23rd Streets NW in Washington, D.C., and the Foreign Service Institute's Child Care Center on-campus in Arlington, VA. Both centers provide excellent curriculum-based programs for infants through pre-school and the "Diplotots" Center, located at SA-1, also offers kindergarten.
A child care subsidy program is available to U.S.-based Department employees meeting certain criteria. This independent program provides child care subsidy assistance for employees whose total family income does not exceed $68,000. Families who meet this and other legislative requirements may be able to receive from 20% to 50% of their total child care expenses.
and a host of other on-site services such as a U.S. Post Office barber/beauty shops, dry cleaner and gift/card shops at Main State.
Staffed by licensed, clinical social workers to provide counseling and referrals for personal and family concerns.
Discount tickets to movies and sporting events.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 provides Federal employees with an entitlement of up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the following purposes:
Choice of extensive array of Federal Employment Health Benefit Plans, with costs shared by the Government. Employees are eligible to enroll in a wide variety of health insurance plans, including fee-for-service plans and health maintenance organizations. The employee's portion is paid through payroll deductions.
A counseling, education and referral service to help employees manage personal and professional responsibilities (e.g., adoption, adult care).
Foreign Service Specialists are eligible to participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance plan (FEGLI). The FEGLI plan offers low rates that are paid through payroll deductions. The U.S. Government pays one-third of the cost of this insurance.
Participation in the FEGLI plan is voluntary. The plan is intended as a form of immediate protection against financial hardship or loss in the event of death. It is not offered as a form of term life insurance with a cash value, such as might be purchased through private insurance agents.
Long Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement.
For the current FS pay schedule, click here.
Foreign Service Specialist career candidates enter the Foreign Service at the appropriate entry grade listed in the specific Specialist Vacancy Announcement. The salary awarded within the grade (step) is determined based on education and work experience.
Accrued at a rate of 4 hours per pay period, 13 days per leave year
Legislation authorizes agencies to establish loan repayment programs in order to assist in the recruitment and retention of high qualified employees. The Department's SLRP is not available for all employees with student loan debt but it is available to Civil Service employees encumbering specific mission critical occupational series positions and Foreign Service employees assigned to extreme hardship and/or danger pay eligible overseas postings. Since the program was launched in 2002, more than 2700 employees have benefited from this once-a-year-incentive payment made directly to employee lenders. Annual gross lump sum payments have ranged from $4600 to $8500 per qualifying employee, depending on agency funding availability. An initial three-year service commitment is also required for those qualifying for the first time.
Queries regarding the specifics of the Student Loan Repayment Program may be directed to the Department at SLRP@state.gov. A response will be forthcoming within two (2) business days.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Student Loan Forgiveness)
This legislation is being administered by the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loans. Individuals interested in a career in public service, who also have significant federally insured student loan debt, may be interested in researching eligibility at http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/PSF.jsp. It is possible for employees to qualify for the Department's SLRP and after ten years of specific public service have the balance of their federally insured loan(s) forgiven.
(In addition to the above holidays, the U.S. Government also observes some local holidays celebrated at overseas posts of assignment.)
Foreign Service Specialists may participate in the Thrift Savings Plan; a long-term savings and investment program for federal employees designed to provide retirement income.
A federal program that enables one federal civilian employee to transfer annual leave to another federal employee who faces a personal medical emergency or a medical emergency of a family member.