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OD Office Salutes Plain Language with Awards Ceremony

The NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management recently held a recognition ceremony to encourage and recognize its staff for efforts in practicing plain language skills. Staff whose plain language products had been submitted to the NIH Plain Language Awards committee for review received a thank you and a certificate from Lawrence Self, OEODM director, who urged them to continue producing documents in plain language.

At the NIH ceremony, OEODM staff submitted 13 products for review and earned three awards. OEODM recognized these staffers for their partipation: Linda Morris, Michael Chew, Charly Wells, Milton Belardo, Carolyn Bellamy, Gary Morin, Joan Brogan, Carolyn Hunter, Molly Gleeson, Carlton Coleman, Victor Canino, Melvena Bean, Jayne Callahanhenson and John Gimperling. Glenda Keen, OEODM plain language project officer, received a certificate for outstanding coordination and promotion of the initiative in OEODM.

Lawrence Self, OEODM director, presents a certificate to Glenda Keen, OEODM plain language project officer.

In addition, all OEODM employees have included a plain language requirement in their performance plan under the communication element. The office also successfully conducted two in-house plain-language training classes.

NIH Wins Energy Management Honor

NIH and HHS recently received their first Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management. The award was accomplished through the Partnership for Energy Performance (PEP) that included the U.S. Army garrison at Ft. Detrick, NCI, Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center and private-sector partners.

The uniqueness of the public-private joint venture and the outcome anticipated were the grounds for the team receiving the 2002 Presidential Award. The effort put the garrison and the NCI-FCRDC campuses in an outstanding position to meet and/or exceed the energy reduction goals established by Executive Order 13123, which mandates federal agencies to conserve energy and meet specific energy-reduction goals by FY 2005.

Under a utility area-wide agreement established in 1994, PEP developed a utility services contract to acquire energy conservation services and more than $25 million in facility improvements. The private-sector partners include Potomac Edison Co. (Allegheny Power) and the Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC is the contractor that handles design, construction and maintenance requirements for the NCI-FCRDC government owned-contractor operated site).

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