HomeFaculty & StaffAcademic RegulationsChapter 17: Faculty Benefits, Outside Employment, and Professional Activities for U.S. Government Faculty, Staff,Contractors, and Students

Faculty Benefits, Outside Employment, and Professional Activities for U.S. Government Faculty, Staff, Contractors, and Students


  1. Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to describe the general benefits package for all federal employees and establish policy and institute procedures for MCU faculty, staff, and students who engage in employment, with or without remuneration, outside of their official duties and responsibilities at MCU.

  2. General Benefits Package for all Federal Employees. Title 10 civilian faculty members are entitled to leave, retirement, health insurance, life insurance benefits, and incentive awards on the same basis as other federal employees. A title 10 civilian faculty member may obtain information about all of his or her entitlements for federal benefits by contacting the DON Employee Benefits Line at 1-888-320-2917 or by visiting the Employee Benefits Information System (EBIS) at http://www.civilianbenefits.hroc.navy.mil. Information is also available at http://www.opm.gov. Additionally, federal employees may contribute to a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and obtain information about that program at http://www.tsp.gov/index.shtml. Any faculty member converted from Title 5 to Tile 10 will retain all benefits as previously accrued. The office of VPBA will direct your inquiries to the HROMQ.

  3. Outside Employment.

    a.  The DoD DIR 5500.7R (Joint Ethics Regulation) provides a single source for standards of ethical conduct and guidance for federal government employees within the Department of Defense. This policy states, “A DoD employee, other than a special Government employee, who is required to file a financial disclosure report (SF 450 or SF 278) shall obtain written approval from the agency designee before engaging in a business activity or compensated outside employment with a prohibited source, unless general approval has been given in accordance with paragraph (b) of this section. Approval shall be granted unless a determination is made that the business activity or compensated outside employment is expected to involve conduct prohibited by statute or regulation.”

    b.  A prohibited source means any person who: “(1) Is seeking official action by the employee’s agency; (2) Does business or seeks to do business with the employee’s agency; (3) Conducts activities regulated by the employee’s agency; (4) Has interests that may be substantially affected by performance or nonperformance of the employee’s official duties; or (5) Is an organization a majority of whose members are described in of this section.”

  4. Policy. Marine Corps University policy is to allow outside employment and professional activities for faculty, staff, and students to the extent permitted by DoD DIR 5500.7R. An employee is expected to inform his or her supervisor regarding any outside employment and demonstrate that it does not interfere or conflict with MCU duties. Those activities that do not involve a prohibited source do not require approval. Activities that interfere with the performance of military duties are prohibited.