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Frequently Asked Questions by Current Research Participants

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My mentor has told me that I have been selected for an appointment. When will I receive notification from ORISE?
All ORISE appointments must be approved by the CDC’s Human Resource Capital Management Office (HCRMO). ORISE will send an appointment letter once this approval is received and the funding for the appointment is in place. See Start of Appointment for more information.

Can I change the start date of my appointment?
You may delay your start date with approval from your mentor and program coordinator. Please immediately notify ORISE if your expected start date is later than what is specified in your appointment letter.

You cannot begin an appointment any earlier than the date specified in your appointment letter without receiving approval from the CDC HCRMO.

I need to end my appointment early.  What should I do?
You should immediately notify your mentor, CDC program coordinator, and ORISE point of contact of your new end date. ORISE will notify you of any paperwork that needs to be completed before your final stipend payment will be released. See End of Appointment for more information.

How many days of leave do I have?
Participants do not earn annual or medical leave, but may be allowed up to ten personal days per appointment year without a reduction in stipend. The number of personal days will be prorated for shorter/part-time appointments. All absences must be approved in advance by the mentor. 

Participants should not be present on CDC holidays. These do not count against personal days, nor will they result in a decrease in stipend.

Time off in excess of ten personal days may be allowed on a case-by-case basis as an unpaid absence. Extended time off for serious illness, emergencies, etc., will be unpaid and will require CDC management approval. You must notify ORISE in advance of any unpaid absences.

Eek!  It snowed in Atlanta! Do I have to report to the CDC?
You should not report to the CDC when your facility is closed for holidays, emergencies, etc. Such closures will not affect your stipend.

It’s February.  Why haven’t I received a 1099 form from ORISE?
Since ORISE participants are not employees or contractors (and receive stipends, not wages), they do not receive W-2 or 1099 forms. We do send a Statement of Payments that you may use in preparing your tax return.  Some foreign nationals, depending upon their tax treaty status, will receive 1042-S forms from ORAU. For more information on the tax implications of stipends, please see Stipend Information.

Please be sure to inform ORISE of any changes to your mailing address, even after your appointment has ended, so that you will receive this information.

Can I defer payments on my student loans while I am a participant in the ORISE program?
You may be able to defer your student loan payments, since the ORISE CDC program is an educational/training program. Please contact your lender to obtain the necessary forms, and send them to your ORISE point of contact. We will verify your appointment for the lender.

Can I telework from off-site?
ORISE participants may have the opportunity to complete research activities from an Scheduled Alternative Site (SAS) for one or two days per week. Your assigned mentor and CDC HCRMO must approve in advance. Please check with your mentor to see if SAS is an option for you.

Can ORISE provide me with business cards?
No, we cannot pay for or reimburse you for the cost of business cards. And since ORISE research participants are not employees of ORISE or CDC, any personal cards that you may have printed must reflect your accurate status at CDC; you should always list your title on this or any other literature as “ORISE Research Participant.”