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NCI Work Life

The NCI Office of Workforce Development identifies and implements programs designed to foster diverse, supportive workplaces. These environments promote discovery and research while ensuring that institute scientists, medical staff, administrators, and support staff enjoy quality work lives in which each employee may reach his or her full potential.

Flexible Work Options

Flexible Work Options are valued tools for supporting employee efforts to balance the demands of work and personal life. These approaches involve the use of nontraditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures and flexible work arrangements.

Telework Program: Telework refers to performing work at a place other than the employee's official duty station in accordance with the terms of an employee-employer agreement. Participation in the program is a matter of management and supervisory discretion.

Compressed Work Schedules: These allow you to complete your basic 80-hour (biweekly) work requirement in less than 10 working days. There are several types of compressed work schedules; the most common one used at NCI is the 5-4-9, where you work five 9-hour days one week a pay period, four 9-hour days the other week of the pay period, and then have one day off.

Flexible Work Schedules (FWS): FWS include Flexitour, Gliding Schedule, Variable Day Schedule, and Maxiflex. These are all variations of working hours other than the NIH standard of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Part-Time Work/Job Sharing: The key to achieving family-friendly workplaces in the federal government is to make full utilization of all the personnel flexibilities and resources available. As an employer, the federal government has long recognized the value of part-time employment. Legislation encouraging part-time employment for federal employees has been in place since 1978.


Leave Options

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP): VLTP enables other employees to transfer annual leave to you to cover a medical emergency. If you have a medical condition that requires an extended absence from work and you have exhausted your own leave, you may request approval for participation in the leave transfer program.

Bone Marrow Donor: If you are a bone marrow donor, you are entitled to use up to seven days of paid leave in a calendar year to cover activities related to the donation. This leave is not charged to your own annual or sick leave accounts.

Organ Donor: If you are an organ donor, you are entitled to use up to 30 days of paid leave in a calendar year to cover activities related to the donation. This leave is not charged to your own annual or sick leave accounts.

Family-Friendly Leave Policies

Federal Leave Information on paid annual and sick leave

10 paid Federal Holidays

Healthy Work Life

Banking, child care, fitness, food/concession, interpreting, and retail services

Childcare Services

Employee Assistance Program

Fellowship Handbook

Housing referral services

NIH Work/Life Center

Recreation and Welfare Association for NIH employees

For more information about NCI work life, call the Office of Workforce Development at 301-435-8524 (TTY, 301-480-1931).

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