INQUIRY 18-02, Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Leave without Pay (LWOP) Counters

Published: October 16, 2018


This bulletin is being issued to provide information for tracking non-pay status, thereby improving the accuracy of Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) and Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) enrollment terminations, and assisting Agencies in identifying opportunities to reenroll in FEHB/FEGLI programs upon return to duty.

Employees with Civilian Time in Non-Pay Status

Civilian (non-military) non-pay time is documented on an employee's T&A or via a personnel action. Whenever a full pay period of non-pay time is indicated by (1) no T&A submitted or (2) a T&A with only non-pay time for the entire pay period is submitted, the Payroll/Personnel System (PPS) records a full 14 days of non-pay time and updates the following FEHB and FEGLI information on the IRIS Program IR140 screen:

Employees on Military Furlough

Military furlough is always documented via a personnel action. The non-pay time is not broken by periods of intermittent pay while absent (i.e., non-pay time continues to accrue regardless of whether or not employees receive sick, annual, military leave, or holiday pay while absent). For employees on military furlough, the following FEHB fields found on IRIS Program IR140 screen are updated:


The procedure manuals for these applications, which are available online at the National Finance Center (NFC) Web site, are being updated to include the information in this bulletin. To view and/or print these procedures, select HR and Payroll Clients from the MyNFC drop-down menu on the NFC homepage. At the HR and Payroll Clients page, select the Publications tab and select the applicable category to access the procedure manuals within the category.


For questions about NFC processing, authorized Servicing Personnel Office representatives should contact the NFC Contact Center at 1-855-NFC-4GOV (1-855-632-4468) or via the ServiceNow Customer Service Portal.