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NIH Leave Bank Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Office of Human Resources announces the 10th anniversary celebration of the NIH Leave Bank Program. After a highly successful pilot program was implemented for a handful of institutes and centers from 2010 to 2013, the Leave Bank was rolled out NIH-wide on Jan. 12, 2014 and became available to all NIH federal employees. 

In its first decade serving all of NIH, the program has provided paid leave to more than 1,840 employees experiencing personal or family medical emergencies. Visit to read several success stories. 

Throughout this timeframe, enrollment in the Leave Bank has grown from just over 4,200 members in 2014 to an incredible 12,228 in 2024. 

“The Leave Bank allows us all to act as stewards in our own community and aligns effortlessly with the NIH mission,” reported program coordinators in the NIH Office of Human Resources. “We would like to thank every member and donor for your support of this important benefit during our first 10 years and look forward to continuing to support the NIH community.” 

For further information on the NIH Leave Bank, visit the website at or email

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