The federal pay systems that are applicable to our Federal Civil Service/Technician job advertisements are the General Schedule (GS) and the Federal Wage System (FWS), where the Wage Grade (WG) pay schedules are located.


Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season

Federal Benefits Fast Facts

Self Plus One

Benefits Administration Letter 2014 (.pdf)

Employee Benefits Information System (EBIS)/Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS)

Federal Technicians may choose to be covered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. 

EBIS is an automated, secure, self-service Web application, controlled by te Army Benefits Center. , that will allow you to make health insurance, life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan contribution elections, military deposits, review general and personal benefits information, and calculate retirement estimates using a computer. IVRS is an automated self-service program you will access from a touch-tone telephone system: Toll Free: 877-276-9287

Reservist Differential Information (PowerPoint) (PDF)
sm_newChecklist for Reservist Differential (DOC) (PDF)
sm_newReservist Differential FAQs

Butterbaugh Claims

Documentation Required
As indicated on the claim form (see link below). 

Current employees who are eligible, will be credited for 1 day of restored annual leave for each non-workday occurring within a period of active duty.

Previous employees who have retired or separated and meet the criteria, will receive a lump-sum payment for any annual leave re-credited as a result of that claim. It will be paid at the rate of pay the employee was earning at the time of his or her retirement or separation.

DFAS Memo – 6 Oct 2006

Wisconsin National Guard current & former technician employees can forward claims to the address below. All others, please refer to the claim form (link above) for the the DFAS-Indianapolis address. 

Department of Military Affairs
PO Box 8111
Madison, WI 53708-8111

More information:

Federal Employees Insurance Program

Federal regulations require an annual Open Season to be held each year from the Monday of the second full workweek in November through the Monday of the second full workweek in December. Open Season enrollment changes take effect the first day of your first full pay period in January of the following year.

New Employee Benefits

Federal Employees Health Benfits (FEHB) Program: FEHB allows you to choose from among Consumer-Driven and High Deductible plans that offer catastrophic risk protection with higher deductibles, health savings/reimbursable accounts and lower premiums, or Fee-for-Service (FFS) plans, and their Preferred Provider Organizations ( PPO), or Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) if you live (or sometimes if you work) within the area serviced by the plan.

Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI): FEGLI provides group term life insurance consisting of Basic life insurance coverage and three options. If you are a new Federal employee, you are automatically covered by Basic life insurance and your payroll office deducts premiums from your paycheck unless you waive the coverage.

Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS): Lower your taxable income! FSAFEDS offers three different flexible spending accounts (FSAs): a health care flexible spending account, a limited expense health care flexible spending account, and a dependent care flexible spending account. Open Season enrollments are effective January 1 of the following year. Current enrollees must enroll each year as the Enrollment does NOT carry forward year to year.

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP): The Federal Long Term Care Insurance 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 you have a severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's disease.

Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP): FEDVIP offers supplemental dental and vision benefits to Federal employees. Employees must be eligible for the FEHB Program in order to be eligible to enroll in Federal Employees Dental/Vision Program (FEDVIP). It does not matter if they are actually enrolled in FEHB - eligibility is the key.

Your Federal Insurance Benefits - For Active Employees: gives an overview of the five insurance benefits available to Federal employees.

The video presentation is available at

Your Federal Insurance Benefits - For Annuitants and Retiring Employees: gives an overview of the four insurance benefits available to Federal annuitants and talks about how to bring them into retirement.

The video presentation is available at

Performance Appraisal Application (PAA)

The Performance Appraisal Application (PAA) is an online self-service tool accessed via MyBiz+ (for employees) or MyTeam (for rating officials). The PAA is the web-based tool that supports the performance planning and appraisal processes. Employees, rating officials, and higher level reviewers use the PAA to create performance plans and monitor and rate performance.


Performance Appraisal Application (PAA)

How To Guides

Employee How To Guide Printscreens

Writing Effective Critical Elements 

Writing Effective Self Assessments

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

TSP is a retirement savings plan (similar to a 401K) for both Technicians, AGRs and M-Day/Tradition Soldiers & Airmen. Federal Civil Service/Technicians will use the "Civilian" column on the TSP page and all others will use the "Uniformed Services" column. 

You can have a TSP accounts for both, but they will be separate accounts.

Also keep in mind that Civilian accounts can have up to 5% matching agency contributions.

TSP Links: