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Vol. LXI, No. 17
August 21, 2009

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IT Benefits for NIH Employees

Did you ever wish you had some of that great technology that you use at work on your home computer?

Thanks to the iSDP program, and your employment at NIH, now you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy the software you use at work.

The Information Systems Designated Procurement (iSDP) program through the Center for Information Technology acquires and delivers brand-name software and services to HHS and NIH personnel by taking advantage of large volume purchasing agreements to provide significantly discounted prices to its customers.

As part of the Microsoft Enterprise agreement signed with NIH, employees can take advantage of deep discounts on some of the most popular Microsoft productivity and entertainment products including Xbox and Zune.

Employees also have access to self-paced interactive e-learning courses. These benefits are open to all NIH and HHS employees and contractors with a valid .gov email address.

The e-learning courses, available anytime or anywhere an Internet connection is available, are offered in three categories—application, systems and servers.

Application courses provide all users with lessons in Microsoft Office 2007 products as well as older operating platforms. The systems courses give users classes such as Windows Vista and Windows XP. The server courses, available to IT employees only, cover subjects such as SQL Server, Exchange Server and BizTalk Server.

These training courses use simulations, demonstrations, animations and assessments to enhance the learning experience.

Employees may purchase one licensed copy of most Microsoft Office 2007 system desktop programs, either by mail or download, for as little as $20.

Through the Employee Purchase Program, up to three copies of any given software title of products such as Xbox, may be purchased.

To learn more about the offers or to place an order, visit and click on vendor resources. If you have questions, email Icon

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