Enterprise Acquisitions

​​The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office of the Director (OD) is an agent for changing the way government uses external resources in the performance of government-funded tasks, always striving for innovative and efficient solutions to business IT needs and with a goal of eliminating inefficient acquisition practices.

OCIO's enterprise acquisition mission is twofold: to identify and realize efficiencies that can be attained within current IT investments; and identify new investments that leverage IT to more effectively deliver services throughout NIH. 

OCIO's overarching enterprise acquisition goal is to optimize IT investments on commonly used goods and services, drive down costs, and reallocate savings to the NIH scientific and research mission.

Our values supplement our vision and mission and guide our behavior. OCIO members always strive to achieve:

  • Customer-focused solutions 
  • Continuous improvement in processes and practices
  • Accountability in actions and decision-making
  • Transparency in actions, status, and decision-making
  • Collaboration in internal and external decision-making

Key Initiatives

Mobile Devices and Services

Acquire end-to-end managed mobility services to centrally administer and secure wireless voice and data services on an enterprise level. This includes transitioning the over 42 individual contracts and over 500 monthly IC and OD transactions to a single contract that will streamline NIH's provisioning of wireless telecommunications carrier services and mobile devices.

Further information about this initiative can be viewed at ​https://sps.nihcio.nih.gov/OCIO/NIH/mobile/SitePages/Home.aspx​

NIH Enterprise Software Asset Lifecycle Management

Strengthen the current ISDP program and integrate stovepiped processes by implementing software asset management (using commercially available tools and expertise to integrate the inventory, contract, license, and asset data), improving governance, and expanding enterprise software distribution by means of a single NIH Enterprise Software Asset Lifecycle Management Program.

The NIH Software Asset Management (SAM) initiaitve involves three interrelated components: Software Asset Management, Procurement and Governance, and Distribution. The Program structures the functions involved in the software lifecycle (budget and finance, enterprise architecture, security, contracting, IT infrastructure, asset managers, and users) into a collaborative body that efficiently works toward the end goal of acquiring and distributing COTS software that is secure and meets business needs at the least possible cost.

This approach appreciably strengthens the NIH infrastructure by making a commitment to service all of NIH with software asset lifecycle management according to best practices. This approach simplifies acquisition activities across NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), ensures currency of software products in use at NIH, and streamlines the approach for updating software on end-user computers.

Commodity Computers

Establish an enterprise contract as a one-stop shop for supplying both commodity personal computers and value-added services to more fully leverage the buying power of all of NIH and remove silos during the hardware lifecycle. The enterprise contract rethinks how commodity computers are purchased and dramatically streamlines the provisioning process.​