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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Getting Government Jobs by Partnership for Public Service

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Additional Benefits

For certain positions, you may be able to get additional benefits once you are offered the job, including student loan repayment, a recruitment bonus, and/or a relocation bonus. The availability of these bonus items generally depends on the agency’s budget and whether or not yours is a hard-to-fill position (the harder it is to fill, the more likely the agency is to try to entice you and other candidates with additional bonuses).
Most agencies will mention in their job postings whether they are offering additional incentives. However, when you are offered a job in the federal government, or even during the interview process, you should feel free to ask about any additional benefits that they would be able to offer you. ...

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