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Careers at the Library of Congress

Benefits

Federal Benefits Plan

The Library of Congress’ benefits program is designed to help balance work and family life through comprehensive, competitive and flexible benefit programs. 

Benefits include a health insurance program that offers numerous medical plan options covering employees and eligible dependents along with an employer contribution to premiums. Health care is provided through the largest group insurance program in the country. Benefits also include a leave policy that provides time off to take care of your personal and health care needs.

The current federal government retirement system is one of the premier retirement programs in the country. This flexible, portable system features three retirement components:  a defined benefit component based on years of employment and salary history; a “401(k) type” plan called the Thrift Savings Plan, and social security. For more information about benefits for new employees visit Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Healthcare Enrollment.

Transit Subsidy

The transit subsidy program (SmartBenefits) is a program designed to encourage the use of mass transit for federal employees by offering a tax free incentive.  The Transit Subsidy program allows eligible employees, who use mass transit to and from work, to receive a monthly allowance to be used on Metrorail, Metrobus, Virginia Rail Express (VRE), MARC commuter trains, county and commercial commuter buses, and qualified commercial van pools.  To find out more about the transit subsidy program please visit the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority’s site on SmartBenefits. External

Leave Entitlement

The Library of Congress has a wide variety of leave entitlements designed to provide employees the opportunity to use work place flexibilities that will enable them to thrive both at work and at home. Federal leave programs available at the Library of Congress include: advanced sick leave; family and medical leave; leave sharing programs, such as the voluntary leave transfer program and the voluntary leave bank program. For more information about these leave programs, please visit Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) site on Pay and Leave.

Student Loan Repayment

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. Not all service units participate within the Library of Congress repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

Relocation Expenses

The Library of Congress may offer to pay relocation expenses. Determination to pay relocation expenses is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

Flexible Work Arrangements

The Library of Congress offers flexible work schedules and telework. Determination to grant telework is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit. Schedules also are approved by the appropriate service unit.

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