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OD's Francine Little Takes NIEHS Post

Francine Little, a 28-year NIH'er who has been director of the Office of Financial Management in the Office of the Director since 1995, took charge of NIEHS' Office of Management on July 5.

Francine Little

An OD boss of Little's described her as "very loyal. And she's inspired tremendous loyalty from her staff."

"She's a lot of fun," said a colleague. "She's very loving."

"I like people," she admits. "I like to make it easy for people. I don't like contention, no — but I can deal with it!"

And once there's been a dispute, and it has been settled, Little prefers that "we wind up laughing about it."

Maybe the fun, the fight and the laughter come from being part of a family of 13 kids. She has seven sisters and five brothers — all still in the Washington area, as is her mother.

Little was reared in the city, attended public schools there and graduated from Howard University. She has been with NIH since 1971, beginning as a management intern. At the end of the internship, she started in budget, and, except for a stint as an administrative officer in NCI, has worked exclusively in budget.

She was budget officer of the National Eye Institute for 3 years and of the National Cancer Institute for 10.

In 1992, she left NCI to become NIH assistant director for budget. The next year she was appointed acting director and was named director in early 1995. Her role was to advise the NIH director on budget planning, policy and formulation and oversee NIH's central accounting system.

She loves NIH but says she feels a little "burned out" in budget — been there, done that — and is looking forward to the "new challenge" of management at NIH's southernmost institute.

Little succeeds Charles Leasure, who is now with the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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