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A-76 Process Update

The NIH commercial activities review team (CART) is announcing a change in the "commercial" functions to be studied as part of the A-76 process during 2003 and 2004. Numerous smaller studies of personnel, finance and accounting, grants, general administration, R&D, and facilities and installation services had been scheduled for 2003. IT and information services functions as well as other functions in personnel, grants, facilities and installation services were scheduled for study in 2004. Several factors have led the A-76 steering committee to revise that schedule, including proposed changes to Circular A-76 itself.

The plan now is for the CART to conduct three larger studies in 2003, essentially combining several of the smaller studies that were spread out over 2 years. The facilities and installation services reviews that were scheduled for both this year and next will now be conducted in 2003. The grants technical and administrative support functions in the program, review and grants management areas will all be studied this year as well, rather than spread over 2003 and 2004. These changes are expected to give NIH the opportunity to submit a Most Efficient Organization (MEO) proposal that will allow NIH employees a better opportunity to compete against the private sector for a function undergoing study.

Such changes in the timing of A-76 studies are likely to occur over time. Employees are encouraged to consult with their IC executive officer about studies that will affect them, and should refer to the NIH A-76 web site ( for more information. The FAQ section of the web site has recently been updated in response to questions received from employees at the November 2002 all-hands meeting. A second all-hands meeting is being planned; employees should watch for an announcement.

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