NIH Leave Bank

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2024 Leave Bank membership year runs November 13 – December 11, 2023. Become a Leave Bank member by using “Leave Bank Membership” tab in the Integrated Time and Attendance System (ITAS). Visit the Membership Information page to learn more!

Use-or-Lose leave donations can be made to the Leave Bank until January 13, 2024 using the “Donate to Leave Bank” tab in ITAS! Donate today to help a co-worker in need, like the recipient below:

“Soon after starting work at NIH, my personal life got very complicated. My father’s health deteriorated and I applied to use the Leave Bank so I could be his caregiver. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to know that my income was protected while I focused on being there for my father when he needed me most. My father died 10 months after I started working at NIH, and because of the Leave Bank, I was able to take care of him around the clock while he was in hospice care at my home. I am so grateful to have had that time with my dad, without the stress of wondering how I would make ends meet”

- Leave Bank Recipient

Visit the Donation Information page to learn more! Read more recipient Success Stories!

Contact the Leave Bank Office ( during the Open Enrollment period if you are unable to access ITAS or do not know your current membership status.

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

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.