Child Care Assistance for the United States Secret Service
In today’s world, the cost of Child Care often consumes a sizable portion of an employee’s take-home pay. FEEA Child Care Services, Inc. (FCCS), which is an independent Virginia-based small business, has partnered with approximately seventeen federal agencies (which includes the United States Secret Service) to oversee Congressionally-authorized Child Care subsidy programs.
What Child Care Fee Assistance Programs Are Available for the Secret Service?
United States Secret Service (USSS) Child Care Benefits Subsidy Program
The USSS Child Care Benefits Subsidy Program is available to all full time USSS employees that has a Total Family Income (TFI) of less than $170,000. Your child must be under the age of 13 (or if they are disabled 18), and they must be already enrolled or will be enrolled in family home or center based day care (or before and after care). The child you are wanting to receive Child Care fee assistance for must fall under one of the following classifications:
- They must be your biologic child, or an adopted child, or a foster child
- A child for whom a judicial determination of support has been obtained
Other eligibility requirements for the subsidy program that must be met is:
- The Child Care provider must be licensed and/or regulated by state and/or local authorities
- Your spouse or domestic partner must not be receiving a Child Care subsidy from any other federal/state agency or the U.S. military
- If both parents are both USSS employees, there will only be one subsidy granted per family
- Your spouse or domestic partner is required to have a full-time job or be enrolled in school full time
*Please note that the USSS on a case by case may approve eligibility for a family that has a spouse currently pursuing employment
How the Secret Service Child Care Subsidy Program Work
The USS Child Care Subsidy Program provides up to $400 per month for each family, and subsidies are paid after Child Care has been provided for your child at the end of the month and payment will go directly to the Child Care provider.
|TOTAL FAMILY INCOME
||MAXIMUM SUBSIDY PER FAMILY PER MONTH
|$0 – $170,000
How do I apply to the Child Care Program?
Before you begin the application process for Child Care fee assistance download, complete and scan the following forms:
Also, before you start filling out the application gather your PDF copies or scan into PDF files the following documents:
- Two of the most recent pay stubs for each parent or guardian that is in your household
- A signed copy of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return for each parent or guardian that ins your household
- A copy of the Child Care Provider’s current license or a state of compliance with state and/or local Child Care Regulations
- A copy of Child Care Provider’s Fee Schedule
- If your spouse/partner is a student, a copy of enrollment documents are required to verify they are full time students.
- A completed W-9 from your Child Care Provider
- A copy of the SF-50 for the full time SSS employee
If your spouse/partner is a student, then a copy of enrollment documents are required to verify they are a full-time student. If your spouse is actively pursuing employment, it’s necessary that proof of Unemployment Insurance benefits or certified letter of unemployment. (You must apply by fax, not online in this case).
Now you can click here to apply for the Child Care subsidy program.
How Is My Application Processed?
FCCS processes applications in the order in which they are received. They’re dedicated to responding to all applicants within seven business days. After FCCS has reviewed your application, your name will then be sent to USSS Human Resources for final approval.
You will receive an award letter that explains the details of your program, which must be signed and returned until any Child Care subsidy invoices will be accepted. You can return your signed award letter to either firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (202) 559-1380. They ask to choose one or the other not both. If you have been denied for the Child Care subsidy program you will receive an email explaining why.
How are My Child Care Payments Made?
When your invoices are filled out correctly and completely, then payment will be processed within ten business days of receipt. You will receive an email notifying you that payment has been made by your Child Care provider.
Please be advised that if any information that you have submitted for the purpose of qualifying for Child Care subsidy you must notify FCCS immediately. If any of the following has changed you are required to reach out to FCCS:
- A change in your address, email, and telephone number
- Separation from the Agency
- A change in your spouse’s work, training, or school schedule
- A change in the status of your marital/domestic partnership
- A change in your Child Care provider’s status as a licensed and regulated Child care provider
- A change in the status of the child for whom Child Care is being provider for (e.g., does not attend Child Care anymore or their rate of attendance has changed)
How to register a new child into the Child Care program?
To register another child that’s new to the Child Care subsidy program complete a new OPM form with that child’s information as well another Form 1664. (please do so even if the Child Care provider is the same as another child). Return both forms, in addition to copies of the Child Care provider’s license and rate sheet to email@example.com or fax to 202-559-1380.
How to get re-certified for Child Care subsidies?
By April 30th of each year, all enrolled employees in the USSS Child Care Subsidy Program must do the following:
- Submit a copy of their signed tax return and if married filing separately submit both copies
- Your two most recent pay stubs as well as your spouse/partner if applicable
- Submit an updated provider rate sheet
- Submit all documents email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 202-559-1380.
Please note that if the required documents are not received by April 30, then your Child Care subsidy will end, and you will have to submit a new qualifying application, and acceptance will depend on if agency funding is available.