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Employee Benefits

The DC Department of Human Resources 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 benefits programs as a District government employee.

Below is a summary of Benefit Programs for which employees may be entitled. These have been grouped to help you better review the benefits offered.

Insurance Benefits

Work & Life Benefits

Savings & Investment Benefits


Employee Benefits Eligibility

All full-time permanent employees, part-time permanent employees who generally work at least 20 hours per week, and employees with temporary full-time appointments of at least 13 months who are employed by agencies under the authority of the Mayor are eligible to receive benefits from the District of Columbia Government. 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 (e.g., marriage, birth of a child).

Health benefits and life insurance coverage begins following the first pay period for 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 your eligibility or the benefits available to you, please contact the office that coordinates your benefits.