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Vol. LXV, No. 9
April 26, 2013

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Want to know more about some aspect of working at NIH? You can post anonymous queries at www. (click on the Feedback icon) and we’ll try to provide answers.

Feedback: Is there a policy on where government vehicles (utility trucks) can be parked? On a few occasions I have noticed a government vehicle parked in Bldg. 21’s general parking lot. On one occasion I have seen a blue utility truck parked for almost one week in the same spot. Seeing the parking crunch, should such vehicles be taking up these spots during working hours? I am sure if this vehicle was parked in red parking that it would have been hastily removed.

Response from the Office of Research Services: NIH Parking Policy 1410 delineates the priority for parking spaces on the NIH campus. Vehicles designated for “official use” (vehicles owned or leased by the U.S. Government) have the highest priority for assignment of parking spaces. Government vehicles should only park in spaces marked specifically for “Government Vehicles.” Anyone assigned a government vehicle should contact Rusty Mason, (301) 451-4811, in the Office of Research Services, Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, to receive assigned parking.

All vehicles not parked in compliance with policy or law are subject to ticketing or towing by the NIH Police. Violators who park a government vehicle illegally can or could be responsible for any action or cost associated with the incident and can also face administrative discipline. If you observe a government vehicle parking in a space not reserved for government vehicles, contact the NIH Police, with the license plate number, at “311” from an NIH phone or (301) 496-5685 from a mobile device.

Feedback: Can you provide an update on the Maxiflex pilot that you wrote about last year? (NIH Record, Mar. 30, 2012).

Response from the Office of Human Resources: After successful implementation of the Maxiflex pilot in several institutes and centers, the Office of Human Resources is prepared to release Maxiflex in ITAS to the NIH community this spring.

Maxiflex is a type of flexible work schedule in which an employee may vary the number of hours worked on a given workday, the number of hours each week, and split his/her work day within the limits established by the IC. This new work schedule was created to address the ongoing needs of the NIH workforce to meet operational requirements that are not always limited to a traditional work schedule, while recognizing our dedicated staff’s worklife demands on their time.

The Maxiflex pilot included a cross-section of participants from intramural to administrative staff. The Center for Information Technology and Office of Human Resources staff completed enhancements to ITAS necessary to facilitate Maxiflex timekeeping in March 2013. The ITAS system updates are on target to be released in late April with a short testing period to ensure operational functionality.

Maxiflex, like all other work schedules, is subject to supervisory approval based on organizational work requirements. The Office of Human Resources is confident that all ICs will have Maxiflex as a new work schedule option in ITAS by late May-early June 2013.

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