Bureau of Indian Education | Pay & Benefits

Employee Benefits (Current Employees)

2017 Federal Benefits Open Season Announced!

This year's Open Season begins Monday - November 13, 2017 and runs through Monday - December 11, 2017. More information coming soon!

  • Employees will be able to enroll/re-enroll in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Reminder maximum carryover for healthcare FSA is $500 of unspent funds. Contact FSAFEDS to enroll 877-372-3337.
  • Employees can also enroll, change or cancel their dental and/or vision plan under the FEDVIP program. Contact BENEFEDS to enroll or make changes -1877-888-3337
  • Employees wanting to begin their research for comparing health care plans under the FEHB program, can vist the OPM website. Employees can enroll or make changes using Employee Express or by submitting hard copy SF2809 to HRO-ABQ (address on form). If submitting hard copy SF2809, can fax placeholder copy to meet 12/11 deadline yet must still submit original SF2809 to HRO-ABQ. Fax: 505-563-5305

Cancelled 2017 Fall Webcast Schedule - Benefits Basics!

Due to limited resources and low attendance, Benefit webcasts have been cancelled for Fall 2017. We recommend school locations interested in hosting a session for their staff to complete the Field Request form and FAX to 505-563-5305. We can be more flexible with scheduling with advance notice.

For more details on the benefits including checklist for forms to submit, click here for New Employee Benefits Checklist!

Videos on Federal Benefits
Following are highlighted videos of past webcasts by Office of Personnel Management (OPM):
Overview of Federal Insurance Programs (05/16/14)

Where can I get benefit forms?
For benefit election forms such as SF-2817 for FEGLI election or SF-2809 for health insurance, check out Forms tab. Also available at www.opm.gov/forms

Are temporary or intermittent employees eligible for Health Insurance? Temporary/WAE Eligibility Checklist
As of 10/17/14, OPM published the rules for expanded FEHB coverage for certain employees on temporary appointments and seasonal and intermittent schedules.

The following types of employees will be eligible to enroll in an FEHB plan:

Employees on Temporary Appointments
Employees on seasonal schedules
Intermittent employees who are expected to work at least 130 hours pe month or more for at least 90 days

This rule allows for the same government contribution as full-time permanent employees during period of coverage.

When an employee enters leave without pay (LWOP) or has insufficient funds to cover FEHB premiums. LWOP provisions apply. Employee must pay the employee share of the premium for every pay period that enrollment continues.

Insurance: Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)
2016 FEGLI Open Season ended 09/30/16 - changes to be effective on or after October 01, 2017!

Reminder: One year delayed effective date - Open Season elections become effective on or after October 1st, 2017 and premiums are not due until coverage is effective. Employee must meet pay & duty status requirements.

For more information on FEGLI including an online calculator to help estimate coverage and cost.

Questionable Practices from Vendors offering Benefits!
We are aware that several companies offer services such as Retirement Analysis/Consultations or life insurance to employees via mass e-mailings or hard copy postcards/letters.

Reminder! The HR Office - Albuquerque already provides retirement estimates and counseling at no-cost to the employee. In addition it does not require release of information to third party.

Neither OPM nor OFEGLI uses sales agents to administer the FEGLI Program or to promote the Program’s benefits. Marketing materials offering to help Federal employees “reduce future FEGLI cost increases” are, at a minimum, misleading, because these companies are not offering a FEGLI product. As a reminder, FEGLI premium rates are fixed at government-wide rates based on age, salary, and individual enrollment elections. Federal employees may not obtain discounts to reduce these premiums. Additionally, OPM does not endorse any privately-sponsored life insurance policies or products, and OPM has no connection with any other supplemental life insurance products marketed to Federal employees. In this regard, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Justice, OPM continues to take affirmative steps to correct third-parties’ improper and/or deceptive use of OPM trademarks, including FEGLI.

Employees are free to choose any vendor for services or products including life insurance and/or retirement analysis. We encourage employees to make an informed decision and be aware that some vendors will utilize unique marketing to mislead. So if have questions about what Federal benefits are available or what retirement services BIE HRO-ABQ offers, call us at 505-563-5210 or send an email to

Click here to read more
OPM Benefit Administration Letter 06-202, FEGLI Program Insurance Misrepresentations and Deceptive Sales Practices

Videos on Federal Benefits
Following are highlighted videos of past webcasts by Office of Personnel Management (OPM):
Overview of Federal Insurance Programs (05/16/14) 

 Pay Information - 2017 Pay scales are available

Teacher/Homeliving Specialist Pay Schedule
2017-2018 (Effective July 23, 2017)

Counselor Pay Schedules
2017-2018 (Effective July 23, 2017)

General Schedule (GS) Pay Schedules
2017 Locality Pay Tables (Effective January 08, 2017)

Federal Wage System (WG) Pay Schedules
Federal Wage System (Department of Defense website)