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NRL is seeking applicants eligible for hire through the Schedule A authority or 30% or More Disabled Veteran authority. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is dedicated to supporting our workforce -- and improving their quality of life -- across the board. As a federal employer, NRL is a leader in providing family-oriented leave, a Voluntary Leave Transfer Program, variable work schedules and telework arrangements for eligible employees. There are excellent training opportunities for employers as well as access to the Navy-wide Civilian Employee Assistance Program. Since NRL is a Department of Defense employer, there are also Child Care Assistance Programs available.  
These benefits include a retirement plan, a 401(k)-type savings plan (the government Thrift Savings Plan); health benefits program, wherein a significant portion of the premium is paid for you; and group life insurance. 
Additional benefits that are offered include long-term care disability insurance, dental and vision insurance and flexible spending account options. You can earn up to 26 days of vacation annually determined by your total years of Federal service and 13 sick days per year. You’ll enjoy 10 paid federal holidays per year. More detailed information can be found on OPM's website

Below please find more information on these outstanding benefits:
  • Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). Social Security, enrollment in the Thrift Savings Plan and a defined benefit (Basic Annuity) make up FERS' competitive retirement plan.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts. Pay for out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax money. 
  • Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. Employees may transfer unused accrued annual leave to other federal employees who need it because of a medical emergency. 
  • Monetary and Honorary Awards. The Navy recognizes creativity in the workplace by rewarding individuals and teams for contributions as soon as possible, with monetary, honorary and/or time-off awards. 
  • Transit Subsidy. If you use public transportation to get to work, you may be eligible for reimbursement of qualified transportation expenses. It reduces your financial burden and helps alleviate traffic congestion and air pollution. 
  • Credit Union. NRL Federal Credit Union's mission is to assist the members of the NRL community in achieving personal financial strength by providing a broad spectrum of innovative, high quality financial services, while adhering to cooperative credit union principles. 
  • Recreation Club. The NRL Fitness Center, located at the NRL main site, is a satellite facility managed by Naval Support Activity Washington Morale, Welfare and Recreation (NSAW MWR). The fitness center is free to both NRL employees and contractors. MWR also supports vacation travel services; special events, movies and amusement park tickets; catering services; beach cabins; family and youth programs. 
  • Lactation Rooms. NRL offers Lactation Rooms for nursing mother employees, contractors or visitors. Private rooms include access to refrigerators, sinks and microwaves for sanitizing equipment parts. Contact the Human Resources Office on (202) 767-3031 for more information.