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Employee Benefits

The DC Department of Human Resources (DCHR) manages employee compensation and benefit programs that enable the District to attract, support, and retain a well-qualified and diverse workforce. DCHR is committed to providing you with a high level of customer care in administering your District government employee benefits.

New to DC Government? Need Help Enrolling in Your Benefits?

For additional information and instructions on enrolling in your DC Government Employee benefits, including illustrated, step-by-step guides, checklists and more, please visit our How to Enroll page.

Employees Hired Before October 1, 1987

For more information on federal employee dental and vision insurance and flexible spending accounts, please visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website.

Employees Hired on or After October 1, 1987

All Benefits-Eligible Employees

Insurance Benefits

Work & Life Benefits

Savings & Investment Benefits

Employee Benefits Eligibility

Employees eligible to receive benefits from the District of Columbia Government include:
  • All full-time permanent employees
  • Part-time permanent employees who generally work at least 30 hours per week
  • Employees with temporary full-time appointments of at least 13 months who are employed by agencies under the authority of the Mayor
In addition, several of the District's independent agencies also participate in the benefits programs provided to agencies under the full authority of the Mayor.
Eligible employees may enroll in plans during the designated annual open enrollment period or within 31 days of their initial employment. Changes to plans can be made within 30 days of a qualifying life event. Learn more about qualifying life events.
Health benefits and life insurance coverage begin following the first pay period in which a payroll deduction was made to pay for the benefit, although other benefits programs (such as the Defined Contribution Pension Plan) may have additional requirements.
If you have questions about benefits or eligibility, please contact your agency HR Advisor.