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Schedules and Holidays

Alternative Work Schedules


Most Federal employees work a standard 40-hour week consisting of five eight-hour days.  However, alternative work schedules may be offered, at your manager's discretion.  The purpose of alternative work schedules is​ to help employees balance the demands of work with family or other personal responsibilities.​

Flexible Work Schedules

Flexible work schedules consist of workdays with both core and flexible hours. Core hours are a designated period when you must be at work. Flexible hours are the part of the day when you may choose your time of arrival and departure, within established limits.

To learn more, see Flexible Work Schedules (FWS) on

Compressed Work Schedules

Compressed work schedules are fixed schedules that allow you to complete the basic 80-hour biweekly work requirement in less than 10 workdays. (For example, you may work eight 10-hour days during the biweekly period.)​

To learn more, see Compressed Work Schedules (CWS) on

Job Sharing

Job sharing allows two part-time employees to fulfill the duties of a full-time position. This can be done through different types of arrangements. If the two employees are similarly skilled and at the same grade level, they might evenly share all of the responsibilities of the position. Alternately, the position might be divided into two distinct job descriptions to match the skills that each employee brings to it.

To learn more, see Sharing a Job on


Telework, or telecommuting, can give you more flexibility in meeting your personal and professional responsibilities.​

To learn more, see Telework Basics for Employees on


Work Schedules and Benefits

Your work schedule may impact your benefits eligibility, as well as the premiums you pay. For example:

  • Part-time work schedule - If you work part-time, you receive a prorated government contribution to your FEHB premiums.
  • Seasonal work schedule - If you work a seasonal schedule, you must be certified to work at least six months of the year to be considered eligible for Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI).
  • Intermittent work schedule - If you work an intermittent schedule, you are generally not eligible for FEHB and FEGLI.

Federal Holidays

As a Federal employee, you'll enjoy public holidays each year, as established by Federal law.

To see details and a schedule of holidays for the current year, go to Federal Holidays on

Time Reporting

​You are required to report the time that you work to ensure that you are paid accurately. You will use an online web-based time reporting system. You will need to log in with a user ID and password, which you will receive once you are on the job.