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Latest Newsletter: December, 2019

Sun, Dec 1st 2019, 8:10am

Time is running out!  The Federal Benefits Open Season runs through December 9, 2019.  Don’t miss this opportunity!  If you plan to make an Open Season election, now is the time to do it.  Unless you experience a Qualifying Life Event during the year, the annual Open Season is your only opportunity to enroll, cancel your enrollment, or make a change to your enrollment for the participating programs. 

For detailed information about the Benefits Open Season, view the Open Season Announcement.   

Sun, Dec 1st 2019, 8:16am

The Open Enrollment for the 2020 NIH Leave Bank is currently underway and will end on December 9, 2019.  Protecting your paycheck while helping others has never been this easy, so don’t miss this final opportunity! Should you join? Ask our recipients:

“My family and I were very grateful the NIH Leave Bank existed when I needed it the most. I think the NIH Leave Bank is an important program to assist NIH employees during medical emergencies.” —Leave Bank Recipient

Sun, Dec 1st 2019, 8:20am

Last year, NIH employees lost an estimated $4 million in annual leave. Don’t let your leave disappear!  Please donate your unused “Use-or-Donate” annual leave to the NIH Leave Bank by January 4, 2020!

Leave donations to the NIH Leave Bank reinforce the charitable and giving spirit of the NIH community ensure the Leave Bank will have leave available for fellow employees experiencing a personal or family medical condition who have exhausted their own leave. Your donations are critical in assisting fellow NIH employees – here is one of their stories:

Sun, Dec 1st 2019, 8:24am

The 2020 IRS annual limit for regular TSP contributions will increase to $19,500.  If you are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS, FERS-RAE, or FERS-FRAE), you could lose valuable matching Agency TSP contributions by reaching the limit before the end of the calendar year.  If you want equal payments deducted over the 2020 calendar year for 26 pay periods, you should contribute $750 each pay period.  If you are currently contributing a lesser or higher amount, but want equal payments withheld over the course of the year that will equate to $19,500, you must enter your el

Sun, Dec 1st 2019, 8:27am

The new 2020 IRS annual limit for TSP Catch-up contributions is $6,500.   In addition to regular TSP contributions, you may also make TSP Catch-up contributions , if you meet the following criteria:  1) you are age 50 or over (or will be age 50 during 2020); 2) you are in pay status; AND 3) you are contributing an amount towards your regular TSP which will cause you to reach the $19,500 IRS limit by the end of the 2020 calendar year.    

Sun, Dec 1st 2019, 8:30am

The IRS has announced a $50 increase to the annual employee pre-tax maximum contribution allowed under both the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) and Limited Expense Health Care Flexible Spending Account (LEXFSA).  The contribution limit will increase from $2,700 to $2,750.  This change does not affect the annual maximum for the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA), which remains at $5,000.  The increase for the HCFSA and LEXFSA is effective for accounts beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

Sun, Dec 1st 2019, 8:33am

You may reduce or cancel your FEGLI coverage at any time by completing the Life Insurance Election Form, SF 2817, and submitting it to the Benefits and Payroll Liaison Branch (BPLB) in Bldg 31/Rm B3C23.  The BPLB Office at NIEHS is located in Keystone/Rm 1105.  If you want to reduce life insurance, sign only for your coverage you want to KEEP.   If you want to cancel all life insurance coverage, sign in Box 5.

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