NIH Leave Bank

Helping others...Helping You!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Leave Bank is a leave sharing program that acts like an insurance policy for your paycheck!

So how exactly does it work? Federal employees donate their annual leave to a pooled fund – anyone can donate! Then, as a member of the Leave Bank, you can apply to become a recipient and draw leave out to cover time out of the office if you or a family member experience a medical emergency.

Interested in becoming a member? You can join during the annual open enrollment, which runs from mid-November to mid-December. If you’re a new hire, you have 60 days to enroll when you first come onboard

Read our recipient Success Stories to learn how the Leave Bank has helped NIH employees!

Becoming a member Current members All Federal employees

For questions, contact your IC's Leave Bank Case Manager or the Leave Bank Office

Leave Bank Office

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (M-F)
Phone: 301-443-8393
Fax: 301-480-2579
Address: 31 Center Drive, Room B3C23E, Bethesda, MD 20892-2215

Hearing impaired: Phone a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258. For additional information refer to Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay Services.

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