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Office of Administration Wins IOSS Honor

The NIH Office of Administration recently received the "Silver Award" for its development and implementation of the largest government contract vehicle program, known as the NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, or NITAAC. The Federation of Government Information Processing Councils bestowed the honor at its eighth Intergovernmental Open Systems Solutions (IOSS) awards.

The NITAAC program, established under the leadership of Dr. Leamon Lee, NIH associate director for administration, has created a faster and improved method for procuring goods not only for NIH, but also for all federal agencies.

NITAAC is best known for its intergovernmental approach to problem-solving and attacking new and improved ways for procuring goods faster and cheaper. During the ceremony, it was noted that NITAAC is the most innovative multiple award contract provider of quality information technology products and services. NITAAC produced over $527 million in gross sales in FY 1997. Since it began in FY 1996, it has resulted in $8.3 million in cost savings.

For more information on the program, visit its Web site at

Davies Wins Stein and Moore Award

Dr. David R. Davies, chief of the section on molecular structure in NIDDK's Laboratory of Molecular Biology, has been awarded the Merck Foundation's 1998 Stein and Moore Award for lifetime contributions to the study of proteins. He was cited for his detailed crystallographic analyses that improve the understanding of antibody-antigen recognition, and his structural studies that help elucidate the biological function and enzymological mechanisms of proteins such as aspartyl proteases, tryptophan synthetase, TGF-, HIV integrase, and pseudomonas exotoxin domain III. Davies will receive the award at the 12th Symposium of the Protein Society on July 28, and will speak on the channeling of intermediates in multienzyme systems.

Stay-in-Schooler Smith Honored

Brasilia Smith, a stay-in-schooler in the Office of General Counsel, recently graduated at the top of her class at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. She delivered the valedictory address at the school's commencement exercises, and will attend Howard University in the fall.

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