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Welcome to CDC! As an employee of the leading public health agency, you are positioned to literally make a world of difference in the health and well-being of people around the world.

Before You Arrive You Will

  • Receive your written offer from the Human Capital and Resources Management Office (HCRMO) within 15 days of the verbal offer of employment. The offer letter will include information about:
    • the New Employee Orientation
    • accessing Onboarding Manager, an automated system for preparing and submitting your employment information prior to your attending the New Employee Orientation.
  • Submit your employment information through Onboarding Manager.

When You Arrive You Will

  • Attend a New Employee Orientation where you will be sworn in as an employee of the United States Government and receive information on the functions and activities of CDC. Orientations are held the first Monday of each pay period or on Tuesday when Monday is a federal holiday.
  • After orientation you will visit the security office for your badge application.

Contact the Human Resources Customer Service center at or 770-488-1725 for information about the New Employee Orientation and Onboarding Manager. (For the hearing impaired, call 770-488-1228)

Please note: Some of these publications are available for download only as *.pdf files. These files require Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to be viewed. Please review the information on downloading and using Acrobat Reader software.


Employee Checklist
To ensure that you have a successful on-boarding experience, visit the employee checklist. Please note that some of the links* on the checklist can only be accessed from the internal CDC firewall and are not available on an external server.

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You are scheduled to attend a New Employee Orientation on your first day at CDC (or the first orientation available). Go to the Orientation CALENDAR to obtain your orientation information.  The date, time and location will also be listed on your formal welcome/new hire letter. The Human Capital and Resources Management Office is here to serve and support you as you join the CDC community. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in orientation or have any questions, please notify the HR Customer Service Center; 770-488-1725; TDY/TDD 770-488-1228.

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New Hire Forms (Onboarding Manager)
There are a variety of forms that must be completed as part of the new hire process. To complete and/or print these forms you must return to the Onboarding Manager System, using your original login ID and password. The forms will be available on-line to view and print for 90 days. If you need your password reset, please notify the HR Customer Service Center.

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Employment Forms:

When you report to the orientation session, you must present documents that provide proof of your eligibility and identity. Please bring:

  • Either an original Social Security card or United States certificate of birth


  • A driver's license or state issued identification card, which contains a photograph or physical description.

Alternatively, any ONE of the following is also acceptable:

  • A United States passport
  • Certificate of United States Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization, or
  • Resident Alien card.


Benefit Forms:
You have some time to turn in your benefit forms; however the sooner you turn them in the sooner they will be effective.

  • Beneficiary forms do not need to be submitted if you agree with the following order of precedence – spouse, children, parents, executor of state, next of kin.
    • You have 60 days after your EOD to turn in your Health Election form (SF-2809) and Life Insurance Election (SF-2809). Basic Life Insurance coverage is automatic unless you waive it at orientation.
    • The TSP Election form (TSP- 1) provided within Onboarding Manager is out of date. An updated TSP form will be available to you at orientation if you wish to increase or stop contributions.

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For details and information about all of the federal benefits available to you, please visit the New Federal Employee Enrollment (OPM) page. Benefit forms do NOT need to be submitted prior to or during orientation if you have not made a decision by that time. You may wait for the presentation or take up to 60 days from your Entrance on Duty Date (EOD) to submit your forms. HCRMO staff will be available following the benefit presentation to answer general questions and assist you with completing your benefit forms. *NOTE: HCRMO staff are not able to provide advice or recommendations on individual health plans. Please contact the specific health benefits program directly for questions about the different options and plans.*

Employees Transferring from Outside of HHS
As a transfer Federal employee, most Federal benefits will transfer with you automatically; for these benefits you do not need to enroll again. Please review your first Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) to confirm that your benefits transferred appropriately. You will also need to send HCRMO staff a copy of your final LES upon receipt from your previous agency.

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ID Badges
All new Federal employees must be fingerprinted and must submit to a background investigation based on the security clearance required for your position. This is a Federal Government requirement of Executive Order 10450. Only security personnel and suitability and investigative professionals, who have the appropriate security clearance and have a demonstrated need, will be authorized to access your personal information.

You will receive an e-mail from CDC’s Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness, Personnel Security Branch with instructions on how to initiate this process. We must have your Declaration of Federal Employment information before attending New Employee Orientation. Failure to complete the necessary forms and submit proper identification will delay your ability to have access to CDC facilities, obtain a CDC e-mail account, or receive a parking permit.

You will be issued a temporary CDC ID badge after your fingerprints have cleared, approximately one week after your enrollment appointment (identity verification, photographing, and fingerprinting). You must schedule your enrollment appointment at least 5 days prior to your first day by faxing your completed OF-306 (Declaration of Federal Employment) form to 770/488-1145.  Scheduling in advance will allow you to pick up your badge sooner; which will give you employee access to CDC campus and satellite buildings. The Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness, Personnel Security Branch has reserved appointment times for new Federal employees and will provide you with your enrollment appointment date, time and location during orientation registration.

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You must have a CDC badge to obtain a parking decal. Information on where to obtain a parking decal will be provided during New Employee Orientation.

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CDC participates in the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) established by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. This program assists employers in verifying the employment eligibility of all newly-hired employees. Federal law requires that all employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new employees (including U.S. citizens) within three days of hire. Employees are required to complete a Form I-9 and provide employers with documentation establishing both identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The use of E-Verify by the CDC entitles you to certain rights and responsibilities. Please visit the E-Verify Employee Rights document for more information

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CDC Museum Video
Welcome to CDC Museum. Feel free to preview the video before your first day to see what exciting opportunities are in store for you.

Health Is a Human Right: Race and Place in America
September 28, 2013 – April 25, 2014

This exhibition examines some historical challenges of the past 120 years in achieving health equity for all in the U.S. We know that “race and place” are as important as personal choices in achieving our full potential.


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    Mailstop K-15
    Atlanta, GA 30341
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