Now Through Dec. 12.
Fall open enrollment for the NIH Leave Bank is available now through Dec. 12. The membership period will begin on Jan. 8, 2017.
The Leave Bank is a pooled bank of donated annual and restored leave available to eligible members. It acts like insurance for your paycheck and amounts to paid leave for members who have exhausted all of their leave and are affected by a personal or family medical emergency. Said one grateful Leave Bank recipient, “This program was wonderful; I don’t know what I would have done without it. I think this program is a great benefit to new employees and to any employee who has not accrued sufficient time for needed leave. I recommend joining to everyone.”
The Leave Bank differs from the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) in that the bank is a depository of leave and leave is distributed to members who are approved to be leave recipients.
The VLTP, on the other hand, requires a direct donation from a donor to a recipient. An advantage of the Leave Bank is that eligible members may receive leave from the bank to cover time out of the office without awaiting donations from co-workers.
To elect to become a Leave Bank member, access the Integrated Time and Attendance System during open enrollment and sign up under “Leave Bank Membership.”
If you are currently a 2016 Leave Bank member, your membership will automatically continue into 2017, unless you take action in ITAS during open enrollment to opt-out. The membership contribution is one pay period’s worth of annual leave accrual. The membership contribution will automatically be waived if you lack sufficient leave to make the membership contribution.
A list of upcoming Leave Bank events may be viewed at http://hr.od.nih.gov/benefits/leave/vlbp/important.htm. The events are free and no registration is required. Questions may be directed to the NIH Leave Bank office at (301) 443-8393 or LeaveBank@od.nih.gov.OALM Makes Gift to Children’s Inn
During a recent visit to the Children’s Inn at NIH, Diane Frasier, director of the Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management, presented the inn with a check for $400 from raffle proceeds at a recent OALM function.
Earlier this year, Jennie Lucca, CEO of the inn, spoke at the annual OALM employee awards ceremony. Her talk identified the many ways the inn offers support to the families of children participating in clinical trials, treatment and research at the Clinical Center. Several tours were set up for OALM employees to see the inn and learn of its activities, including the work being done to make children and their families comfortable and provide them with a home away from home. The experience reminded OALM staff of the importance of their contributions to the NIH mission, including helping youngsters aided by the inn.
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) visited recently to learn more about NIH, with a special interest in cancer research. He was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) last year and successfully completed his treatment. His cancer experience sparked his interest in NIH and NCI. He was met by NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak (right, l) and Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin. During a 2-hour tour, DeSaulnier learned more about the latest treatment for CLL. He toured NCI’s molecular imaging clinic and completed his visit in the company of (above, from l) Dr. Adrian Wiestner, senior investigator, Laboratory of Lymphoid Malignancies, NHLBI; Dr. Inye Ahn, a clinical fellow in the lab; Ethan Van Ness, DeSaulnier’s legislative assistant; and Dr. Neal Young, chief, Hematology Branch, NHLBI.
Next Protocol Navigation Lecture, Nov. 21 in Lipsett
The IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series will host a lecture on Monday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The program is a trans-NIH effort to develop resources and tools and to provide training for intramural staff and contractors involved in protocol development, writing, coordination and management. Bruce Burnett and Val Bonham from the NIH Office of Research Support and Compliance will present “ORSC–The First 100 Days.” For more information contact Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437, email@example.com.
NIH Issues New Energy-Saving Freezer Policy
With energy conservation in mind, NIH has set a new policy on management of ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, which provide storage for preserving research-related materials. Well-maintained, energy-efficient ULT freezers can play a significant role in reducing NIH cold storage costs and preserving medical research funds.
NIH’s new policy requires that institutes and centers purchase energy-efficient ULT freezers when acquiring new units and perform regular preventive maintenance on all ULT freezers in NIH facilities. The Division of Scientific Equipment and Instrumentation Services can help ICs meet both of these requirements. The policy also encourages ICs to use the division’s new equipment sales and rental program.
“DSEIS is really a one-stop shop for lab equipment needs, including ULT freezers,” notes Anju Vergheese, chief of the Scientific Equipment Rental & Sales Branch. “We can reduce the administrative burden, save staff time and negotiate low costs. We also offer budget-friendly, rent-to-buy agreements that ensure ICs comply with the new NIH policy.”
For policy details, see https://outreach.ors.nih.gov/2016/10/27/new-nih-freezer-policy-are-you-in-compliance/. For more information, visit http://dseis.od.nih.gov, contact Vergheese (sales and rental agreements) at (301) 496-9748, or Jerry Tyus (maintenance and repair) at (301) 451-1753.