Benefits

The Millennium Challenge Corporation offers a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are generous, helping individuals to reach their individual goals by supporting professional growth, health, well-being, and personal needs.

Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB)

The Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program can help you and your family meet your health care needs. Employees can choose from a wide selection of health insurance plans for themselves and their families.  Unlike a growing number of private-sector workers, Federal employees, under certain conditions, can continue their health insurance into retirement with the same Government contributions that active (that is, unretired) employees receive.  MCC employees and their families may choose from the following types of plans:

  • Fee-for-service
  • High-deductible
  • Consumer Driven
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Preferred provider organizations (PPO)

Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits (FEDVIP)

Eligible individuals can enroll in a dental and/or vision plan. They may enroll any of the following plans:

  • Self Only
  • Self plus one
  • Self and Family coverage

Eligible family members include spouse and unmarried dependent children. This includes legally adopted children and recognized natural children who meet certain dependency requirements. This also includes stepchildren and foster children who live with you in a regular parent-child relationship. Under certain circumstances, you may also continue coverage for a disabled child who is incapable of self-support.

Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI)

All employees are automatically enrolled in the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program unless they opt out of the coverage.  The basic coverage equals annual pay (rounded to the next $1,000) plus $2,000.  Employees pay two-thirds of the cost of basic life coverage and the Government pays one-third.  Additional life insurance coverage for employees and their families may be purchased.

Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS)

Congress created the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) in 1986, and it became effective on January 1, 1987.  Since that time, new Federal civilian employees who have retirement coverage are covered by FERS.  The plan consists of three tiers:

  • The Basic Benefit Plan establishes an annuity based on an employee’s age, years of Federal service at retirement, and average highest salary over a consecutive three-year period. Disability and survivor benefits are also provided.
  • Social Security pays benefits at retirement based on an employee’s age and earnings from Social Security-covered wages.  Disability and survivor benefits are also provided.
  • The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) allows employees to save and invest part of their income for retirement, receive matching agency contributions, and reduce their current taxes.  The plan is similar to 401(k) plans offered by private employers.  Employees participating in the TSP can choose among several investment plans and funds.

Employees who have previous Federal service and were hired by a Federal agency prior to January 1, 1984, may be covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or CSRS Offset.

Other types of retirements:

  • Disability
  • Early retirement
  • Voluntary retirement
  • Deferred retirement

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

In addition to your annuity benefits, you may also save for your retirement by participating in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). TSP is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees. It offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans. FERS employees may contribute up to the IRS annual limit. As a FERS employee, you can receive MCC contributions to your TSP account, up to 5 percent of your basic pay. The plan offers you several investment options, including a Roth account and lifestyle funds. Funds from qualified plans of previous employers can be rolled over to your Thrift Savings Plan account.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program allow employees to pay out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses with tax-free dollars.  Eligible employees may contribute up to $5,000 each year for dependent care and $2,500 for health.

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)

The Federal Long Term Care Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when enrollees need help with activities they perform every day, or have a severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's disease.

Other Benefits Offered:

Work/Life Benefits

Additionally, MCC provides its employees with an array of complementary services and programs which may include:

Flexible Work Schedules

To help balance work, family, and personal needs, MCC offers, with supervisor approval, alternative work arrangements. Compressed work schedules, flextime, voluntary part-time employment, and telecommuting programs are available options. Because of the nature of the duties of some MCC positions, not all employees may be eligible to take advantage of this benefit.

Transportation Subsidy

Federal employees committed to using mass transportation for their round-trip commute are eligible to receive federal transit benefits. The Mass Transportation and Vanpool Transportation Fringe Benefit Program allows Federal employees to receive transit passes in amounts approximately equal to employee commuting costs, not to exceed the maximum level allowed by law. In addition, employees who drive to work can park free at the MCC headquarters location.

Emergency Backup Dependent Care

The Emergency Backup Dependent Care Program is designed to help secure and pay for backup care when your regular care plans are disrupted. 

Career Development & Tuition Assistance

MCC strives to create an environment in which all employees can be effective and continue to grow in their careers. MCC offers extensive opportunities for training and development, including internal and external training to help our employees increase their knowledge and acquire new skills. MCC also supports employee educational development through a tuition assistance program.

Leave

Sick Leave

Full time employees accrue four hours of sick leave for each full bi-weekly pay period, for a total of 104 hours or 13 days of sick leave per year. Sick leave balances may be carried over from year to year with no limit.

Annual Leave

Employees accrue annual (vacation) leave on a graduated basis according to their total years of federal service. A limited amount of excess annual leave may be carried over to the following year. Full time employees earn annual leave as follows:

Years of Service Amount of Annual Leave Earned Each Full Bi-Weekly Pay Period
up to 3 4 hours (a total of 104 hours or 13 days per year)
3 to 15 6 hours—except that the accrual rate for the last full bi-weekly pay period in the calendar year is 10 hours (total of 160 hours or 20 days per year)
15 and over 8 hours (a total of 208 hours or 26 days per year)

Additional Leave Programs:

  • Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

MCC also provides these on-site benefits:

  • on-site fitness center that encourages a healthy lifestyle through exercise
  • cafes throughout the MCC workspace
  • lactation rooms for nursing mothers
  • bicycle parking racks
  • lifestyle seminars on finance, health, and life transitions that assist employees with major life decisions
  • annual health fair with complimentary flu shots