Welcome to the Gallaudet University's Benefits website. Gallaudet University offers a comprehensive benefits package to its regular status staff, faculty, and teachers. This website will enable you to view detailed information regarding each benefit offered by the University. Please refer to the links on the left side. The Benefits Office is also available to assist you in understanding and maximizing your benefits. You can reach the Benefits Office through email or by phone 202-250-2634 (V/VP). You can also stop by the Benefits Office in College Hall, Room 114A.


* The 2015 Open Season is now open until Monday, December 14th.  You can change, enroll, and or cancel your health, dental and/or vision insurance plans.  It is also an opportunity to enroll or re-enroll into Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAFEDS).  You may also cancel your long-term disability plan.  For more information, please visit this page.

* Effective January 2016, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) will offer the Self Plus One option.  Currently, there are only two options: Self and Self and Family.  The Self Plus One option will cover the employee and one eligible family member.  It will cost less than the Self and Family option.  The new premiums will be available in October 2015.  Employees will have the opportunity to change to the Self Plus One option during Open Season (November 9 - December 14).  Please note that this change is not automatic.  Employees must complete an enrollment form to make the changes.  The effective date of coverage will be January 10, 2016.  The 2016 premium rates can be found here.

* Effective January 1, 2016, the premium rates for the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance will change for some types of coverage.  Most premium rates for Option A, Option B, and Option C will decrease.  Premium rates for post-retirement basic insurance with 50% reduction and No Reduction will increase.  Premium rates for older age bands of Option B and C will increase.  The premiums can be found here.

* The 2016 contribution limits for the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) remains at $18,000.  Employees over the age of 50 can contribute an additional $6,000 (catch-up contribution).  If you wish to change your contribution, please complete this form.  It can be scanned/emailed to



Kramer Wealth Managers will be coming on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 to give a presentation on "Advanced Estate Planning" along with attorney, Diane S. Kotkin.  The topic they will be focusing on- "Nine Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes" and it is never too early to make arrangements for your family, your assets, and your debts.  Advanced planning lessens the burden on your family and/or friends if something should happen to you. Learn why procrastinating is not a good option and about the differences between wills and living trusts.  Come and learn more about advanced estate planning on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from noon to 1PM at IKJSAC, Room 1011.  If interested, please e-mail

Are you thinking about buying a home, but are not sure where to start?  This is the class for you.  Maureen Foley, Realtor with Keller Williams, and Jeff Novotny of the Novotny Leading Team will be giving a presentation on "First-Time Homebuying Seminar."  In our one-hour session, you'll learn the entire homebuying process from start to finish, from getting a loan to looking at properties, making offers, and moving forward through the day of closing! You'll also learn about the employee perk program offered to Gallaudet employees who are in the market for a new home!  The seminar will be on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from noon to 1PM and 4 to 5PM at IKJSAC, Room 1011.  If interested, please e-mail

Have you ever thought about becoming a real estate investor or considered diversifying your investment portfolio through real estate?  Look no further.  Maureen Foley, Realtor with Keller Williams, and Jeff Novotny of the Novotny Leading Team will be giving a presentation on "Investing in Real Estate."  Whether you want to purchase and hold onto an investment property to generate monthly rental income or like the idea of a quick fix and flip, this is the perfect class for you to gain an overview on real estate investing, from financing options to selection of property and closing the deal.  The seminar will be on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from noon to 1PM and 4 to 5PM at IKJSAC, Room 1011.  If interested, please e-mail

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