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REE Work/Life Programs. Liz Parker, REE Work/Life &Wellness Program Manager Phone: 301-504-1387 EMAIL: LIZ.PARKER@ARS.USDA.GOV. Today’s Objectives. Provide an overview of Work/Life Programs Discuss Wellness Share My Wellness Journey

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ree work life programs

REE Work/Life Programs

Liz Parker,

REE Work/Life &Wellness Program Manager

Phone: 301-504-1387


today s objectives
Today’s Objectives

Provide an overview of Work/Life Programs

Discuss Wellness

Share My Wellness Journey

Brainstorm how you may support wellness for your locations

striving for work life balance
Striving for Work/Life Balance

Transit Subsidy & Pre-Tax Parking

Child Care Tuition Assistance


Employee Assistance Program/WorkLife4You

Maintaining Personal Wellness

transit subsidy program
Transit Subsidy Program
  • Up to $245 per month for public transportation expenses for National Capital Region employees;
  • Up to $120 per month for field employees
  • Administered by Department of Transportation
    • Each REE Agency has a Transit Benefit Coordinator
  • AFM Website for application forms and more information:
how transit subsidy benefits are paid
How Transit Subsidy Benefits are Paid
  • Benefits may be downloaded to…
    • SMARTrip Card
      • To pay for Metro or Metro bus
    • Debit Card
      • To pay for MARC, VRE, Commuter Vans, or other vendors
      • See for more info
  • Vouchers
    • To pay for public transit means outside the Washington, DC Area and other locations using debit cards
hq transit benefit coordinators
HQ Transit Benefit Coordinators
  • Tamara McKinney, 301-504-1449, or
  • Liz Parker, 301-504-1387, or
  • Mari Gomez, 301-448-5597
pre tax parking program
Pre-Tax Parking Program

Allows employees to use up to $245 of their pre-tax income to pay for parking when using public transit (2013 IRS maximum)

Application form and instructions for submission are available on the AFM website at:

Call Liz Parker, 301-233-2995, for more information

child care tuition assistance cctap
Child Care Tuition Assistance (CCTAP)
  • Provides up to $500 per month to eligible employees in ARS, ERS, and NIFA to use safe, reliable day care
  • Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must be $60,000 or less for the household to be eligible
  • Must use a licensed or accredited child care center
    • May be home- or center-based
    • Includes qualified summer camps and before/after school programs
  • Dependent must be under the age of 13 or under the age of 18, if mentally or physically disabled
cctap continued
CCTAP (continued)
  • Contract to administer program expired 9/30/13; in process of obtaining a new contract
  • Managing program internally in interim
    • Bulletin 13-403 dated 12/18/13 expired on 9/30/13
  • Contact Mari Gomez for more information
    • 301-448-5597 or
ree telework program
REE Telework Program
  • Alternative workplace flexibility that allows eligible employees to work from home or other approved alternative location typically closer to their home
  • REE Telework Policy and Procedure 402.5, v2, 3/28/12
    • Defines eligibility criteria and procedures for participating
    • P&P found at
ree telework program continued
REE Telework Program (continued)
  • Your supervisor should inform you in writing of your eligibility to participate in the telework program within your first 90 days
  • If eligible, a written telework agreement must be submitted to your supervisor for approval
    • Form REE-45 for ARS Employees
  • AFM Website for more information:
employee assistance program
Employee Assistance Program
  • Helps employees resolve personal problems that may adversely impact their work performance, conduct, health, and well-being. Services include:
    • Assessment, counseling and referral;
    • Financial and legal services;
    • Advance directives;
    • Presentations on various topics and EAP orientations
  • Help is just a phone call away!Call 1-800-222-0364 (24/7/365), or visit
  • New in FY 2013; will continue for many locations in FY2014
  • Comprehensive resource and referral program. Examples of information available:
    • Child/elder care resources and referrals
    • Education resources (financial aid, special education, Nursery-Grad School)
    • Financial/legal educational materials
    • Daily life services referrals
  • Call 1-800-222-0364, or visit
more information about work life programs
More Information about Work/Life Programs?


  • Liz Parker, REE Work/Life & Wellness Program Mgr
    • Located in Beltsville, MD
    • Phone: 301-233-2995
    • Email:
  • Mari Gomez, Work/Life and Wellness Specialist
    • Located in College Station, TX
    • Phone: 301-448-5597
    • Email:
what is wellness
What is Wellness?
  • Many wellness definitions, but my favorite so far is from the National Wellness Institute (
    • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential .
    • Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment.
    • Wellness is positive and affirming.
all of us may contribute to wellness
All of Us May Contribute to Wellness!
  • Exercise personal responsibility
    • Lead by example! Attend to your own wellness across all six dimensions
    • Engage through USDA Connect Health and Wellness Community
  • Organize and/or promote wellness activities locally
    • Become a Wellness Ambassador
    • Activities can include workshops, health screenings, presentations, competitions, or other events
    • Remind others of resources available to them
    • Ensure compliance with existing regulations and policies
my personal wellness journey
My Personal Wellness Journey

Set personal goals

Took Action…

Sought EAP Counseling

Began a walking program

Joined Weight Watchers

Lost 50 lbs since 3/2013!

Now setting new personal goals for 2014

promoting wellness locally
Promoting Wellness Locally

What kinds of wellness activities are going on in your location?

What kinds of wellness activities would you like to see in your location?

What can you do to promote wellness locally?