New Hire Information


Welcome to CDC!

As a new employee, you are part of the nation’s leading health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from foreign and domestic health and safety threats.

Your expertise—whether scientific or nonscientific—has positioned you to powerfully impact the health and wellbeing of people across the country and around the world. Moreover, it makes CDC a leading innovator in the sciences and in the federal government. We’re glad you’re here!

The information and resources on this site will help you successfully transition into your new role in the agency.  Your CDC journey begins here and will continue with onsite in-processing, campus tours and sponsor assignment.


A Message from the Director

Welcome to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)!

I am delighted that you are joining the CDC/ATSDR family. Every employee performs an important role in our agency. We strive to be a productive, healthy organization by encouraging a diverse and inclusive workforce, recognized for high quality work around the world.

To fulfill our mission, CDC/ATSDR works 24/7 to develop tools and share information that people and communities need to better protect their health –through health promotion; prevention of disease, injury, and disability; and preparedness for new health threats.


CDC/ATSDR collaborates with partners throughout the nation and the world to:

  • Monitor health
  • Detect, investigate, and combat health threats
  • Conduct research to enhance prevention
  • Develop and advocate sound public health policies
  • Implement preventive strategies
  • Promote health behaviors
  • Foster safe and healthful environments
  • Provide leadership and training in the United States and around the world


Programs in each of CDC’s centers, institutes, and offices conduct these core activities, basing their work on scientific excellence. This dedication requires a world-class team committed to advancing public health.

As you begin your career at CDC, I want to share five key principles that guide our work:

  • Be a diligent steward of the funds entrusted to the agency.
  • Provide an environment for intellectual and personal growth and integrity.
  • Base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data, openly and objectively derived.
  • Place the benefits to society above the benefits to the institution.
  • Treat all people with dignity, honesty and respect.


CDC/ATSDR has long been at the forefront of public health innovation. With your talents and personal commitment to public health, we will continue to improve our capacity to promote and protect the physical and mental health and well-being of people throughout the world.


Receive your written offer from the Human Resources Office (HRO) 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 the New Employee Orientation
  • Submitting your employment information through Onboarding Manager

To enable HR representatives to verify your identity and eligibility for federal employment, YOU MUST BRING:
• An original Social Security card or United States certificate of birth; AND
• A driver’s license or state issued identification card that 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.

If you have questions or need special accommodations, contact the HR Customer Service Center at 770-488-1725, (TDY/TDD) 770-488-1228, or

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.

Contact the HRO 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)

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 pdf icon[PDF – 169 KB] to obtain your orientation information.  The date, time and location will also be listed on your formal welcome/new hire letter. The Human Resources 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.

For details and information about all of the federal benefits available to you, please visit the New Federal Employee Enrollmentexternal icon (OPM) page. Benefit forms can’t be submitted prior to orientation. You have 60 days from your Entrance on Duty Date (EOD) to submit your forms in Onboarding Manager. HRO staff will be available following the benefit presentation to answer general questions.

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 HRO benefits a copy of your final LES upon receipt from your previous agency. Your accrued annual and sick leave do not automatically transfer. Please provide a copy of your last LES to the HRO payroll office for processing.

The CDC observes federal holidays. Find out more about scheduled holidays and payexternal icon.

CDC Employees are required to abide by the standards and principles provided by Ethics and Compliance Activity (ECA). Learn more about Ethics.

CDC Works 24/7: Feel free to view the CDC Works 24/7 videoexternal icon before your first day to see the exciting opportunities that await you at CDC.

Page last reviewed: April 23, 2019