Open Enrollment For The NIH Leave Bank Ends December 12! Don’t Miss Your Final Opportunity To Have A Safety Net For Your Income!

Fall Open Enrollment for the NIH Leave Bank will run November 14 – December 12, 2022. The membership period will begin on January 1, 2023.  Enrollment in the Leave Bank is open to all NIH Federal employees.

The Leave Bank is a pooled bank of donated 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 own sick and annual leave and are affected by a personal or family medical emergency.

Below is a testimonial submitted by a Leave Bank recipient who was helped by enrolling in this important benefit!

“During [a medical emergency], the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to pay the bills should you run out of leave.  Knowing I was a leave bank member allowed me to focus on my family and the care of my son.  Because of this situation I recommend becoming a member of the leave bank to all my colleagues.  Thank you for this wonderful benefit.” NIH Leave Bank Recipient 

To elect to become a Leave Bank member, access the Integrated Time and Attendance System (ITAS) during Open Enrollment and enroll under “Leave Bank Membership.” If you are currently a 2022 Leave Bank member, your membership will automatically continue into 2023, unless you take action in ITAS during Open Enrollment to opt-out.

The yearly membership contribution is ONE pay period’s worth of annual leave accrual. The membership contribution will automatically be waived if you lack sufficient leave. 2023 membership contributions will deduct from employees’ 2023 carryover annual leave and not from their 2022 Use-or-Lose hours.

Additional information on Leave Bank membership can be found on the NIH Leave Bank website.  

Questions may be directed to the NIH Leave Bank Office at 301-443-8393 or