NIH Veterans Day Celebration — Wednesday, November 5
In recognition of the service and continued contribution of our veterans, the NIH community is invited to the 2014 NIH Veterans Day Celebration. The program will be in Masur Auditorium (Building 10) from 10 to 11 a.m. and exhibits and refreshments will be in the atrium from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are invited; veterans and spouses of veterans are encouraged to attend. More information is available on the Veteran’s Day Celebration 2014 flyer.
FSA Open Season
The open season for the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program will begin November 10, 2014 and continue through December 8, 2014. For detailed information, please refer to the FSA Open Season Announcement. Use the FSAFEDS website if you wish to enroll in a FSA for 2015. You may also enroll by calling 877-372-3337 (TTY: 1-800-952-0450). All open season elections will be effective January 1, 2015. If you are currently enrolled in a FSA, your current enrollment will not automatically continue into 2015. To participate, you must re-enroll.
Security Briefings for Foreign Travel
To meet federal travel requirements, the NIH will soon begin implementing the new Concur Government Edition (CGE) travel system as part of a larger HHS initiative to replace the current GovTrip travel system. In conjunction with the new system, NIH will implement a new process for completing a Foreign Security Briefing prior to traveling to foreign locations. All HHS employees traveling to foreign locations are required to complete a security briefing prior to their trip departure. For more information on the CGE rollout, please visit the NBS Travel Portal or contact NBSCGE@mail.nih.gov.
Federal Benefits Open Season
The 2014 Federal Benefits Open Season (for the 2015 plan year) runs from Monday, November 10, through Monday, December 8, 2014. Use myPay to enroll, cancel, or make a change to your FEHB enrollment. All open season elections will be effective January 11, 2015. If you do not submit an open season election, your current enrollment will continue in 2015, subject to any changes identified in your plan brochure. Even if you are completely satisfied with your current health plan, please review your 2015 plan brochure and make sure you are aware of all changes made within your plan, including changes in premiums, coverage offered, and providers. For more information, see the Benefits Open Season web site.
Foil the Flu — Influenza Vaccination Program Open to Staff and Contractors
The 2014 schedule is now available on the Foil the Flu Web site. All Federal employees and contractors with a valid NIH identification badge will be provided the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge, while supplies last. For more information, contact Occupational Medical Service at 301-496-4411 or the Hospital Epidemiology Service at 301-496-2209.