New Employee Benefits Enrollment

This page provides resources to help you make an informed decision about your Federal benefits. For more detailed information, refer to the Federal Benefits Summary and to the New Employee Enrollment Overview.

Virtual workshops

The Benefits staff provides the following live presentations twice a month. Use the Connect to a workshop links below to join in.

New employee benefits orientation

Overview of the Federal benefits programs.

New Employee Benefits Presentation Slides

Connect to the workshop

Join using WebEx

Video conference link
Meeting number (access code): 126 141 3084
Meeting password: nwY3HidVc83

Join by phone

1-650-479-3208  Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Global call-in numbers

New employee workshop

Answering questions on your benefits and the enrollment process. The workshop supplements the new employee benefits orientation.

Connect to a workshop

Join using WebEx

Video conference link
Meeting number (access code): 182 341 1687
Meeting password: NScYdKgT694

Join by phone

1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Global call-in numbers

Transfer employees

If you've transferred from outside the Department of Health and Human Services, please visit the Transfer Employee Benefits Information webpage for actions you may need to take and details on your WebEx presentation.

Benefits Elections

You have 60 days from your start date to complete benefits elections for all programs listed below.

Health Insurance

Submit election form (SF-2809) through USA Staffing Onboarding for New Hires and include family member eligibility document(s), if applicable. Note: Coverage is not retroactive, and it cannot be made effective the day you enter on duty. It's effective the pay period after your enrollment form is submitted.

Dental and Vision Insurance

Apply through the BENEFEDS Portal.

Life Insurance

Submit election form (SF-2817) through USA Staffing Onboarding for New Hires.

  • Calculator- A tool that allows you to determine the face value and premiums of various combinations of coverage.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Apply through the FSA website. The following tools will help determine if an FSA is beneficial for you and your family.  

Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance

Apply through the LTC website using an abbreviated underwriting application. After the initial 60-day enrollment period ends, you can still apply but must use the full underwriting application.

NIH Leave Bank Program

Apply for membership in the Integrated Time and Attendance System (ITAS), under the “Leave Bank Membership” tab. If you cannot access ITAS, please contact the NIH Leave Bank Office at Additional information can be found on the Leave Bank website.

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