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Genetic and Genomic Analysis and Policy Fellowship Program

Solicitation Number: NHLBI-CSB-HG-2012-278-DLM
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: National Institutes of Health
Location: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Rockledge Dr. Bethesda, MD
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Added: Aug 24, 2012 2:35 pm

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Office of Acquisition (OA) on behalf of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) intends to negotiate and award a purchase order on a noncompetitive sole source basis to American Human Genome Society (ASHG), 9650 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20814-3998 for a continued partnership with NHGRI to provide fellows with an opportunity to participate in policy analysis.

The sole source determination is based on the fact that National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation's leading medical research agency and the primary Federal agency conducting and supporting medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) oversees intramural and collaborative research to study the human genome and genetic diseases. The Policy and Program Analysis Branch (PPAB) of the Office of Policy, Communication and Education (OPCE) within the Office of the Director (OD) conducts policy development and analysis that enables the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to pursue its mission. This contract is a unique policy fellowship program jointly administered by ASHG and PPAB. The fellowship is designed for genetics and genomics professionals with an advanced degree who are early in their careers and interested in the development and implementation of national genetics health and research policies. The fellow is given the opportunity to participate in policy analysis at the NHGRI and ASHG, and to work directly within the United States Congress. A leading role of the PPAB is to examine policy issues arising from genomics research, and to develop policy analyses fostering the translation of the research to uses in the public domain, so the fellowship supplements the priorities of the Branch. This fellowship not only trains genetics professionals to apply their training to a policy setting, but also helps them transition to a policy career, thus increasing the pool of policy professionals with expertise in genomics.

The American Society for Human Genetics ASHG serves research scientists, health professionals, and the public by providing forums to: advance genetic research by advocating for research support, enhance genetics education by preparing future professionals and informing the public, promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. The ASHG uniquely represents the genetics community, and no other organization has a mandate that includes advocacy, outreach, policy and education around genetics. These are the very foundations on which the fellowship is based. The ASHG is uniquely suited to co-sponsor the policy fellowship, their mission and goals align very closely with those of the NHGRI. The fellowship is in its tenth year, with nine highly successful; fellows now alumni of the program. It is part of a close ongoing relationship between the ASHG that includes extensive NHGRI participation in the ASHG annual meeting ( membership of the ASHG executive director as an ex officio representative at the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research ( and extensive education partnerships, for example, National DNA Day

At the start of each fellowship, the fellow works at the NHGRI in the Policy and Program Analysis Branch for approximately 4 months. The fellow participates in a variety of ongoing policy activities, and in processes such as the development of the federal budget. The fellow then works approximately 9 months in a Congressional office and/or Congressional committee involved in genetics related public policy issues. In the last three months, the fellow is given the option to extend their stay with Congress, or to work at the ASHG. The fellow is expected to do background research and analysis on policy issues of importance to NHGRI and the human genetics community, and to prepare summaries on issues for a variety of audiences. Writing tasks may include preparation of testimony, policy analyses documents, documents and position statements. The fellow participates in a variety of forums and is expected to represent the involved organizations effectively in individual meetings and larger settings.

The North American Classification System (NAICS) code applicable to this requirement is 813920, Professional Organizations and the Small Business Size Standard is $14.0M dollars Per Annum. The acquisition is being conducted under FAR Part 13, simplified acquisition procedures, therefore the requirements of FAR Part 6 B Competitive Requirements are not applicable (FAR Part 6.001) and the resultant purchase order will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through the Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 05-60 (July 26, 2012). This requirement is under the SAT of $150,000.00.

This notice of intent is not a request for competitive proposals. Interested parties may identify their interest and capabilities in response to this synopsis, August 29, 2012, 7:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time. The determination by the Government not to compete the proposed contract based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct future competitive procurement.

Inquiries to this announcement, referencing synopsis number NHLBI-CSB-(HG)-2012-278-DLM, may be submitted to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Office of Acquisition, COAC Services Branch, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Suite 6149, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7902, Attention: Dorothy Maxwell. Response may be submitted electronically to Faxes will not be accepted. Responses will only be accepted if dated and signed by an authorized company representative.

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Office of Acquisitions
6701 Rockledge Dr RKL2/6100 MSC 7902
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7902
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
United States
Dorothy Maxwell
Phone: 301-435-0352
Fax: 301-480-3345