This information applies if you transferred to the NIH from another Federal agency outside the Department of Health & Human Services with no break in service.
The Benefits staff provides the following live WebEx presentations twice a month. Use the Connect to a workshop link below to join in.
Transfer employees orientation
The process to transfer your Federal benefits from your prior agency.
- Date: First Tuesday of each pay period
- Time: 10:00 am - 10:30pm
- Attendance is mandatory
- One week after your arrival, fax a copy of your final leave and earnings statement (LES) from your prior agency to 301-402-5506. This is required to transfer year-to-date information and ensure all benefit elections have been accurately transferred.
- Review your first NIH LES to ensure all your benefit elections and deductions are reflected. If you have any issues, email AskBenefits@nih.gov.
Below are other actions you may need to take:
If enrolled in an HMO and moved outside of the service area due to the transfer, you must change plans. Submit a health benefits enrollment form to the Benefits Office. Check out plan brochures to learn about your options. If enrolled in a fee-for-service (nation-wide) plan, your coverage will automatically continue; therefore, no action is required.
Dental and/or Vision Insurance
If enrolled in either plan, notify BENEFEDS of your change in payroll office (new number is 97-38-1500). Call 1-877-888-3337.
Coverage automatically transfers. No action required.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
TSP loans: Provide the Benefits Office with a copy of the loan agreement. This information ensures your loan repayment continues.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
If enrolled, notify FSAFEDS of your change in payroll office (new number is 97-38-1500). Call 1-877-372-3337.
Long Term Care (LTC)
If enrolled and premiums are deducted from your LES, notify LTC Partners of your change in payroll office (new number is 97-38-1500). Call 1-800-582-3332.
Designation of Beneficiary
If an Unpaid Compensation (SF-1152) beneficiary form is on file, you must complete a new one. All other beneficiary forms with your former agency remain valid. Additional information can be found on the Beneficiary Forms page.
NIH Leave Bank Program
Within 60 days of your transfer, 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 LeaveBank@od.nih.gov. Additional information can be found on the Leave Bank website.
Monitor your LES. Your prior leave balances will be transferred within two to three pay periods. After your hours are added, provide your timekeeper with a copy to adjust your leave balances in ITAS (time and attendance system).
The following payroll documents must be submitted through USA Staffing Onboarding.
- Direct deposit
- Federal tax withholding
- State tax withholding
- Voluntary allotments
Court Ordered Allotments
Child support, tax levy or garnishments do not continue automatically. Contact DFAS at 1-888-332-7411. The address is Garnishment Operations-HGA, P.O. Box 998002, Cleveland OH 44199-8002. Documents may also be faxed to 216-522-6960.
Benefits office locations
BG 31 RM 1B37
31 Center Dr
Bethesda, MD 20892-2215
- Telephone: 301-496-2404
- Fax: 301-402-5506
North Carolina office
PO Box 12233 (K1-01)
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
- Telephone: 984-287-3044 or 240-421-9464
- Fax: 919-541-3659