Bureau of Indian Education | Pay & Benefits

Employee Benefits (Current Employees)

Introducing two new Benefits & Retirement Specialists!

Natalie Buckley services BIE employees located in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah including Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI).  Contact info 505-563-5313 or natalie.buckley@bia.gov


Stephanie Blanken services BIE employees located in Oklahoma, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and California. Stephanie also services OST employees. Contact info 785-830-2731 or Stephanie.blanken@bie.edu


Videos on Federal Benefits

Not able to attend a webcast? Check out at your own pace and convenience past webcasts by Office of Personnel Management (OPM):
Overview of Federal Insurance Programs (05/16/14)


 Insurance: Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)

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

Insurance: Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) & Temporary/Intermittent Employees

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 per 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.


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 505-563-5485 or send an email to benefits@bie.edu.

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


Pay Information - 2020 Pay scales are available (effective 01/05/20)

2019 Teacher & Counselor are available!

Teacher/Homeliving Specialist Pay Schedule
2019-2020 (Effective 07/21/19)

Counselor Pay Schedules
2019-2020 (Effective 07/21/19)

General Schedule (GS) Pay Schedules
2020 Locality Pay Tables (Effective January 05, 2020)

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