NIH Employees Win First Large Standard A-76 Competition
National Institutes of Health (NIH) employees have won their first large competition initiated this year under a competitive sourcing program known as A-76.
The 750-position Extramural Administrative Support Service group won when the sole proposal submitted by industry failed to meet the requirements of the solicitation. As a result, the NIH has withdrawn its request for proposals and the employee-developed "most efficient organization" bid has prevailed.
The administrative support services group provides technical support and secretarial support to physicians and other scientists who review and administer NIH's grants. NIH is the largest provider of funds for health research and training grants in the federal government, annually managing $22 billion worth of research to medical schools and private laboratories in every state, as well as to institutions in some foreign countries.
NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., who has challenged NIH employee groups to meet and beat the competition, said, I am delighted about this victory for three reasons: one, for the taxpayers, who are assured once more that we are managing wisely; two, for the employees, who prepared an outstanding bid and won the competition; and three, for the NIH as a whole, as this win reaffirms our ability to effectively carry out the NIH mission to improve people's health."
At the same time, he continued, I realize that this winning bid means change and relocation for some employees. For these members of our NIH family, we'll work to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Under long-standing regulations, which require the federal government to utilize private contractors for services when they are more efficient and less costly, government-wide competitions have been required under the rules of Office of Management and Budget circular A-76; hence, the name A-76 reviews.