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Become a Leave Bank Member Today

Open enrollment for the 2018 NIH Leave Bank is under way and ends Dec. 11. Protecting your income while helping others has never been this easy, so don’t miss this final opportunity. Enrollment in the Leave Bank is open to all NIH federal employees. The membership period will begin on Jan. 7, 2018.  

The Leave Bank is a pooled bank of donated annual and restored leave available to eligible members. The program acts like an insurance policy for your paycheck and amounts to paid leave for members who have exhausted all of their own sick and annual leave and are affected by a personal or family medical condition. 

To become a 2018 member, access ITAS and enroll under “Leave Bank Membership.” If you are currently a 2017 Leave Bank member, your membership will automatically continue into 2018, unless you opt-out. For each membership year, there is a membership contribution requirement. The annual membership contribution is 1 pay period’s worth of annual leave accrual (4, 6 or 8 hours) per year. If you don’t have the needed accrued leave, you can still join; the membership contribution will automatically be waived.

For an informational video on how to enroll, visit Questions may be directed to (301) 443-8393 or

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