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July 29, 2016
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Metro Plans ‘SafeTrack’ Work on Red Line During August

In August, Metro’s Red Line will experience its first phase of SafeTrack construction. Many NIH commuters who take Metro to work will feel the impact, if they haven’t already. SafeTrack is an accelerated work plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system. The multi-phase project began June 4 and will be completed by March 2017.

During Aug. 1-7, the Takoma to Silver Spring stations will undergo continuous single tracking, which will result in fewer trains going in both directions across most of the Red Line. This will create longer wait times at stations and more crowded trains.

The greater impact to NIH commuters will occur Aug. 9-18, when single tracking will take place between Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations. During this phase, trains will only serve Shady Grove and Rockville stations every 18 minutes. For more information on the impact to your Metro commute, visit www.wmata.com/rail/safetrack.cfm.

The Office of Human Resources encourages both supervisors and employees to proactively explore whether workplace flexibilities such as compressed work schedules, flexible work schedules and telework may alleviate transportation issues. For more information about work schedule flexibilities, visit https://traffic.nih.gov/Pages/workschedule.aspx.

The Office of Research Services’ Division of Amenities and Transportation Services has been reaching out to registered Transhare Program employees to alert them of the surges based on self-reported commutes through Transhare applications. Through these targeted emails, DATS has been and will continue to provide affected employees with additional commuter options and information about workplace flexibilities.

For more information on SafeTrack and strategies to manage your commute, visit https://traffic.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

HHS Launches Demographic Survey

HHS launched a department-wide survey on July 20 to update federal employee records on race, ethnicity and disability status. The Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Census previously updated the categories for race and ethnicity; HHS is conducting this survey to ensure that it has accurate and up-to-date demographic information for employees within the department.

Currently, NIH and other agencies within the department do not have updated information for employees who were onboard prior to changes in OMB and Census standards. These changes include the ability to identify with more than one racial category, separation of the Asian and Pacific Islander racial categories, addition of a racial category for Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders and the option to identify ethnicity (Hispanic/Latino) and race.

The survey will also provide an opportunity to update the disability status of employees. Employees may develop disabilities throughout the course of their careers that did not exist when they entered the workforce.

Federal employees will receive an email from HHS with a link to the survey. Employees are asked to take 5 minutes to participate in this voluntary survey. The survey is open for 1 month.

Questions about the survey should be sent to PiSurvey@hhs.gov.

To learn more about NIH efforts in advancing diversity and inclusion, visit the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion online at http://edi.nih.gov/.

Event Brings Caribbean Flavor to NIH

Event Brings Caribbean Flavor to NIH Event Brings Caribbean Flavor to NIH
At the 9th annual Taste of the Caribbean on July 6, two restaurants, the Taste of the Caribbean and Sunrise Caribbean Restaurant, served favorites such as curry goat and shrimp, jerk chicken and rice and beans to hungry NIH’ers. The event was held on the Bldg. 31A patio. Several vendors were also on hand. The lunch was sponsored by the Caribbean Association at NIH and the R&W Association, in partnership with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Washington Area Network and Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture.

PHOTOS: ERIC BOCK

NIH Supply Center Offers Services

NIH Supply Center Offers Services

Are you running low on supplies and space in your office? The NIH Supply Center offers services such as standing orders for interval deliveries with less paperwork and the “buy bulk and store” program where supplies are stored in the SC warehouse at no added cost.

As the final quarter of FY16 begins, stop by the Self Service Stores in Bldg. 10 (B2-B41) and Bldg. 31 (B1-A47) to see the enhancements the stores have made to make buying easier.

There are also ways to purchase supplies online. Along with the SC catalog in NBS, you can now place orders through the Purchasing Online Tracking Systems. All institutes now have access to the SC catalog.

Check out the new product catalog at https://nihsccatalog.od.nih.gov. To fax an iProcurement order form, send your order to (301) 402-8493.

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