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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

Donate Use-or-Lose Hours to NIH Leave Bank by Jan. 5

In 2017, NIH employees lost more than 75,000 hours of annual leave. Do you have use-or-lose leave? The Leave Bank offers you an opportunity to put that leave to use by donating it to the bank by Jan. 5, 2019, via ITAS. When you donate to the Leave Bank, you help a co-worker in need, like this recipient: 

“Words cannot express my gratitude for the Leave Bank. My son has a very serious (and terminal) illness, resulting in many hospital stays, as well as multiple surgeries. Knowing that the Leave Bank is available gives me the peace of mind to know that remaining in pay status is something that I no longer have to worry about and that I can put all my attention and care where it should be, with my son. From our family to yours, thank you for helping us through this very difficult time.”

To donate: Log in to ITAS at On the tool bar, select “Donate to Leave Bank.” Enter the type of leave (annual or restored annual). Enter the number of hours you wish to donate, then select “Ok.”

More information on the program, including testimonials to the value of the bank, can be found at For questions, call (301) 443-8393 or email

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