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Federal Flexible Spending Account Program

Benefits & Policies

Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS)

FSAFEDS is a program allowing employees (but not retirees) to contribute pre-tax salary to an account(s) that may be used to pay for out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. Agencies in the executive branch and a few other agencies offer FSAFEDS, which is administered by OPM. Other agencies may administer their own flexible spending account (FSA) program. Your employing agency can tell you if you are enrolled in FSAFEDS or another FSA program.

No further funds would be contributed to an FSA if an FSAFEDS enrollee dies. Claims will be accepted for expenses paid on behalf of any surviving spouse and dependents until all previously allotted funds are reimbursed per IRS regulations.

OPM does not see a need for special procedures for the FSAFEDS program at this time. However with the potential for a significantly increased number of claims in the event of an emergency, we anticipate there may be a coinciding increase in the time it takes for claims to be processed and reimbursements to be received. FSAFEDS will make every effort to communicate with employees about any possible delays.

Please email or call FSAFEDS at 1-877-372-3337 (TTY 1-800-952-0450) if any issues involving FSAFEDS allotments or claims are causing a hardship for you or your family.

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