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Friday, February 10, 2006

Bonnie Flock,
NIH Office of Communications
and Public Liaison

NIH Employees Win Real Property Management A-76 Competition

National Institutes of Health (NIH) employees have won a large competition initiated under the competitive sourcing program that is part of the President’s Management Agenda. The outcome is the conclusion of a competition that began in 2003 but was extended under a settlement agreement between NIH and an unsuccessful private offeror, in which the government and private sector proposals were re-evaluated.

The NIH Real Property Management group, which currently includes approximately 380 NIH employees, won when the Government's Most Efficient Organization (MEO) was found to be the lowest cost proposal. As a result, the NIH has withdrawn its request for proposals and the employee-developed MEO bid has prevailed.

The real property management group provides services in Construction Management, Property Management and Operations, and Central Utilities.

NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. said, “Once again the NIH employees have prepared an outstanding bid and have won the competition. Now our challenge is to successfully implement the new management process, manage more wisely and effectively carry out the NIH mission to improve people's health."

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