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Benefits Events Calendar

Date Event or Announcement Time Location
3/30/16 my Social Security Presentation
Registration is required for this event. This presentation will give a broad overview of the services and resources provided by the Social Security Administration. Topics will include opening a “my social security account,” using the retirement estimator, Medicare, and Social Security benefits.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Bldg. 31/C Wing/6th Floor/Conference Room 6
4/5/16 Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Overview Seminar [3]
Comments: Registration is required for this seminar external link icon.
8:30 am – 12:30 pm Bldg. 31/C Wing/6th Floor/Conference Room 6
4/7/16 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Day [2]
Comments: No registration required. Representatives will be on-site to answer questions.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm NIEHS/Keystone Building/Room 1121(Research Triangle Park, North Carolina)
4/12/16 Using Credit Wisely/Improving your Credit Score Presentation
Registration is required for this event external link icon. This presentation will focus on ways to improve your credit score. Topics will include understanding what credit is, types of credit, how to access your credit reports, alternatives to credit, and what’s new with ID Theft.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Bldg. 31/C Wing/6th Floor/Conference Room 6
4/13/16 Social Security Presents on Retirement
Registration is required for this event. The Social Security Administration will provide a broad overview of the retirement process.
10:00 am – 11:30 am Bldg. 31/C Wing/6th Floor/Conference Room 7
4/19/16 Transforming Debt into Wealth Presentation
Registration is for this event external link icon. This presentation will explore commonly overlooked, underutilized, and misunderstood techniques to retain money instead of spending. Topics to be covered include: understanding negative rates of return, taxes, debt, and repaying loans (student, auto and credit cards).
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Bldg 1/3rd Floor/Wilson Hall
4/21/16 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Service Day [2]
Comments: No registration required. Representatives from the following health plans will be on-site to answer questions: Aetna, BCBS, Kaiser, and Mail Handlers.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Bldg. 31/C Wing/6th Floor/Conference Room 8
4/26/16 Raising a Financially Fit Child Presentation
Registration is required for this event. This presentation, in collaboration with the NIH Federal Credit Union, will provide the participants with the tools to teach children the basic money management concepts that are essential for healthy spending and saving as an adult.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Bldg. 31/C Wing/6th Floor/Conference Room 10
4/27/16 Financial Fitness Roundtables
Comments: Registration is required for this event external link icon.  Each table rotation will include a short presentation by a Benefits Specialist, followed by a question and answer period. The topics are: 1) Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS); 2) Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS); 3) Thrift Savings Plan; 4) Social Security; 5) Insurance; and 6) AskBPLB.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Bldg 1/3rd Floor/Wilson Hall
5/11/16 HR Brown Bag Session – Understanding Your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
Registration is required for this event external link icon. Participants will be provided a sample LES, and Benefits Specialists from the Benefits and Payroll Branch of the Office of Human Resources will explain the various fields. Additionally, participants will be given information on how to detect and report errors.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Bldg. 31/C Wing/6th Floor/Conference Room 5
5/12/16 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Day [2]
Comments: No registration required. Representatives will be on-site to answer questions
11:00 am – 2:00 pm NIEHS/Keystone Building/Room 1121(Research Triangle Park, North Carolina)
5/19/16 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Service Day [2]
Comments: No registration required. Representatives from the following health plans will be on-site to answer questions: APWU, BCBS, GEHA, Kaiser, and United Health Care. Additionally, a Benefits Specialist from the Benefits and Payroll Liaison Branch of the Office of Human Resources will be available to answer benefits questions.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm NCI Shady Grove Bldg/9609 Medical Center Drive/Seminar Room 2
5/26/16 Aetna and GEHA Service Day [2]
No registration required. Representatives will be on-site to answer questions. Additionally, pharmacists will be available to answer questions regarding medications.
9:00 am – 11:00 am NIEHS/Rall Building/Near the Elevator (Research Triangle Park, NC)
6/9/16 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Day [2]
No registration required. Representatives will be on-site to answer questions.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm NIEHS/Keystone Building/Room 1121 (Research Triangle Park, NC)
6/14/16 Retirement Seminar [1]
Registration is required for this seminar external link icon.
8:30 am – 12:30 pm Bldg 31/C Wing/6th Floor/Conference Room 10

Additional Events/Classes

Class Dates: See Schedule
Event: Pre-Retirement Seminar-FERS
Comments: LMS Action Must Be Submitted.

Class Dates: See Schedule
Event:
Pre-Retirement Seminar-CSRS
Comments: LMS Action Must Be Submitted

Class Dates: See Schedule
Event: Mid-Career Retirement Seminar-FERS
Comments: LMS Action Must Be Submitted

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[1] Registration is required. Attendees should obtain supervisor’s approval prior to attending. The Retirement Seminar is for all employees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), CSRS-Offset, and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). This session gives you an overview of retirement. There will also be a presentation by a representative from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Peg McCann, Benefits and Payroll Liaison Branch, at 301-496-5620 or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.

[2] The Service Days are for the benefit of federal civilian employees enrolled in the respective health plans above who have questions or problems with their enrollments or claims. These are one-on-one meetings with the plan representative. No appointment is necessary. These Service Days are not for IRTAs, Visiting Fellows, Commissioned Officers, etc.

[3] Registration is required. Attendees should obtain supervisor’s approval prior to attending. This is a two-part seminar. Part 1 covers the advantages of participating in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and provides information on the TSP Investment Funds and Participant Statements. Part 2 provides information on the loan program, in-service withdrawals, post-service withdrawals, spouse’s rights, and death benefits. Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Peg McCann, Benefits and Payroll Liaison Branch, at 301-496-5620 or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.

[4] Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Peg McCann, Benefits and Payroll Liaison Branch, at 301-496-5620 or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.

[5] Each “Yam Jam” is hosted in Yammer and will allow open Q&A discussions covering Federal benefits such as retirement, health benefits, life insurance, dental and vision insurance, and the Thrift Savings Plan. To participate, do the following: 1) create a Yammer account at https://www.yammer.com/hhs.gov external link icon, if you do not already have one; 2) contact Sandra Scarbrough at Sandra.scarbrough@nih.gov or 301-435-3654 to receive an email invitation to the event; and 3) on the day of the event, click on the link provided in your e-mail invitation to begin. For questions about Yammer, please contact Sandra Scarbrough. For information on “Yam Jam” content or future sessions, please contact Jason Duncan at jason.duncan@nih.gov or 301-402-6516. (NOTE: All NIH employees must create an account for Yammer using their @nih.gov email addresses. Yammer will not accept @mail.nih.gov or IC specific email addresses.)

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