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Careers

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Join Our Team and Be a Part of a World Class Organization!

Here at BEP you can build a successful career in public service as a member of the organization that makes and safeguards America’s paper currency.

 

Varied Opportunities

You’ll find a wide range of career opportunities at BEP.  We are an innovative, diverse bureau in the Department of the Treasury.  We offer the possibility of employment in information technology, financial management, manufacturing, public affairs, engineering, security, procurement, science, and human resources, just to name a few.

 

STEAM 

Many different careers use the problem-solving and innovation techniques taught in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, and these skills are in demand now more than ever.  Did you know BEP uses STEAM to make currency?  We use science as a method of quality control, including chemistry to form the special inks, special chrome and nickels baths to make plates for the presses, cleaning solutions that contain acids and oils, and innovative technology to monitor and control presses.  We use technology to develop state-of-the-art overt and covert security features, engineering to maintain our equipment, and art to design the banknote.

 

Benefits

BEP employees enjoy valuable benefits and competitive pay.  What makes the experience of working at BEP uniquely satisfying is the knowledge that you are part of the team connecting the American public to our country’s shared heritage and values through manufacturing U.S. currency.  Forging the American spirit onto our nation’s currency gives our employees a feeling of purpose and achievement that’s hard to find anywhere else.

Visit OPM.gov for federal payscale information.

Federal Employees Retirement System

The Federal Employees Retirement System, or FERS, became effective January 1, 1987.  Almost all new employees hired after December 31, 1983, are automatically covered by FERS. Certain other federal employees not covered by FERS have the option to transfer into the plan.  FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan.  The three components are:

  • Social Security Benefits
  • Basic Benefit Plan
  • Thrift Savings Plan

You pay full Social Security taxes and a small contribution to the Basic Benefit Plan.  In addition, the agency puts an amount equal to 1% of your basic pay each pay period into your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account.  You can make tax-deferred contributions to the TSP and a portion is matched by the government.

The three components of FERS work together to give you a strong financial foundation for your retirement years.

For more comprehensive information, you may visit the OPM website on retirement.

Health Benefits

The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program helps protect you and your eligible family members from the expenses of illness and accident.  It is a voluntary program, and you have 60 days from the date of your appointment to enroll in the plan of your choice or waive coverage.

  • Fee-for-service
  • HMO
  • High Deductible
  • Consumer Driven

You and the government share the cost of your enrollment.  Premiums and coverage are adjusted annually.  There is an annual opportunity (open season) to make changes in your enrollment.  This coverage is also available to federal retirees who were enrolled in an FEHB plan for the five years of service immediately before retirement.  For more comprehensive information, you may visit the OPM website on health benefits.

Thrift Savings Plan

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees covered by the FERS and the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).

  • Before tax savings and tax deferred investment earnings
  • Low administrative and investment expenses
  • Choice of three investment funds
  • Interfund transfers
  • Attractive loan program
  • Choice of withdrawal options

TSP is a defined contribution plan.  The retirement income that you receive will depend upon how much you (and your agency, if you are a FERS employee) have contributed to your account during your working years and the earnings on those contributions.  The contributions that you make to your TSP account are voluntary and separate from your contributions to your FERS or CSRS.

TSP is an integral part of FERS employee retirement package.  FERS participants can contribute up to 10% of their basic pay each pay period. FERS employees are also entitled to receive agency contributions.  Once a FERS employee is eligible to participate in TSP, the agency contributes an amount equal to 1% of basic pay each pay period.  When FERS employees begin contributing to their TSP account, the agency makes matching contributions that apply to the first 5% of pay each pay period.  Your contributions are matched dollar for dollar for the first 3% and 50 cents on the dollar for the next 2%.

Although CSRS employees do not receive agency matching or 1% contributions, they may contribute up to 5% of their basic pay to TSP.

On October 1, 2020, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) increased the automatic enrollment percentage to 5% of pay for all FERS, CSRS, and Blended Retirement System (BRS) participants who are automatically enrolled in TSP on or after October 1, 2020, and for BRS participants automatically re-enrolled in TSP on or after January 1, 2021, per 5 CFR § 1600.34 and 1600.37.

For more comprehensive information, you may visit TSP.gov.