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Enter-on-Duty Forms

NIST requires information from new employees to process the appointment personnel action. Each form describes the specific purpose as to why the information is being collected, as applicable. NIST is committed to safeguarding personal privacy of this information. Precaution is taken to protect all sensitive information, in particular sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) and other types of private information, and to comply with all NIST and Department policies regarding the protection of sensitive information. More information can be found at:

View/Print a checklist (in Word format) of required and optional forms for new employees.

Section A Mandatory Forms for All New Employees:

The following are specific instructions for your use in completing the appropriate forms necessary for your entrance on duty.  You MUST complete these forms and bring them with you to orientation. Along with the forms, you MUST bring two acceptable forms of identification. (See a list of acceptable forms of identification.)


Section B – Benefits Forms

If you are eligible for Federal benefits, there are some decisions that you will need to make as a new employee. View information on specific timeframes and program information.

Section C Beneficiary Forms

There is no need to complete the Designation of Beneficiary forms if you are satisfied with the order of precedence listed below:

  1. Spouse
  2. Child/Children
  3. Parents
  4. Executor of Estate
  5. Next of Kin

If you are transferring from another agency and you have previously made beneficiary designations, those designations are still valid except the designation for Unpaid Compensation, SF-1152.
Links to Beneficiary Forms:

Please note: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view many forms. Get Acrobat Reader. If you cannot access these files, please contact Human Resources.

Created June 29, 2009, Updated June 28, 2021