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National Security Agency Vacation & Paid Time Off

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Annual leave is an authorized absence with pay from a regularly scheduled workday. Annual leave may be used for vacations, personal, or emergency purposes. For full-time employees, annual leave is accrued at the following rates:

Less than 3 years: 4 hours per pay period (13 days per year)

3-14 years: 6 hours per pay period (20 days per year)

15 years or more: 8 hours per pay period (26 days per year)

Part-time employees also earn annual leave. The leave accrual is pro-rated based on the number of base pay hours the employee works during the standard 80-hour pay period.

In most cases, up to 30 days (240 hours) of annual leave may be accrued and carried over to the next year.

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Feb 22, 2023
Current Employee

Getting paid time off for an internship is pretty decent

Nov 22, 2016
Current Interagency Colonel. in Durham, NC, North Carolina

They are very family orientated and will let you revolve around your family and will help you meet your deadlines.

Jul 13, 2016
Current Employee

This is better than most of private industry. You accrue paid time off per pay period and you can carry over 240 hrs of annual vacation a year. There is no cap on how much sick leave you can carry over from year to year. However you don't have designated maternity or parental leave so if you are planning on having children, save up your leave. They also have a leave bank that you can use if you contribute to it if you run out of leave for medical reasons. You can donate your leave to specific people as well as long as they have registered. This helps a lot with people who have serious illness and who can't keep working.

Mar 24, 2016
Former National Security Agency in Fort Meade, MD, Maryland

This is among NSA's strongest benefits.

Oct 6, 2015
Former Employee

Federal government has the best vacation plans available. With the ability to earn credit time, you can take up to an additional 24 hrs off as often as you can earn it.

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NSA is on a Mission to Hire 3,000 People! The National Security Agency (NSA) has kicked off a massive talent search with a goal of hiring 3,000 new employees in 2023. Our work in signals intelligence (SIGINT) and cybersecurity is essential to protecting our families, friends, communities, service members, and ultimately, the nation. NSA’s SIGINT mission collects intelligence about our foreign adversaries. Our cybersecurity mission safeguards critical U.S. information. Both of these duties demand a team of technical experts as well as business and HR professionals, linguists, intelligence analysts, communications specialists and more. We have career opportunities in 17 different fields, so there is truly something for everyone.

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