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December 2, 2016
Vol. LXVIII, No. 25


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Open Enrollment for NIH Leave Bank

Open enrollment for the 2017 NIH Leave Bank is currently under way and will end on Dec. 12. Enrollment is open to all NIH federal employees. 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. The program acts like an insurance policy 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.

“Being a member of the leave bank saved my family financially,” said one enrollee. “Although I had to exhaust my leave, I didn’t have to worry about my income as I knew the leave bank would be there for me to draw from. During this type of emergency, the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to pay the bills should you run out of leave.”

To become a 2017 member, access ITAS during open enrollment and choose “Leave Bank Membership.” If you are currently a 2016 Leave Bank member, your membership will automatically continue into 2017, unless you opt out.

For each membership year, there is a contribution requirement. The annual membership contribution is one pay period’s worth of annual leave accrual (4, 6 or 8 hours). If you don’t have the needed accrued leave, you can still join. The membership contribution will automatically be waived.

More information about this benefit can be found at Questions may be directed to the NIH Leave Bank office at (301) 443-8393 or

New Campus Child Care Center to Open in May 2017

The ORS Division of Amenities and Transportation Services has announced that the new campus child care facility, the Northwest Child Care Center (NWCCC), is expected to open in May 2017. Located between the Children’s Inn and the NIH Fire Station, the center will serve 170 children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age.

There is, and will continue to be, a wait list for spaces in the NWCCC, as well as the other NIH-sponsored child care centers. Wait list registration begins Monday, Dec. 5. To sign up for the NWCCC or any other NIH-sponsored center, visit For questions about the center or NIH programs and services for families and children, visit or call the child and family programs team at (301) 402-8180.

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